The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Friday that more than 119,000 Social Amelioration Card (SAC) forms of beneficiaries in the second tranche distribution of emergency cash subsidies under the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) have yet to be uploaded by the local government units (LGUs), while over 167,000 names of SAP 2 beneficiaries have yet to be validated.
The DSWD said it is counting on the LGUs to complete the uploading of the SAC forms to ensure that the concerned beneficiaries will receive their SAP 2 cash assistance.
“As of press time, some 119,411 SAC forms still need to be uploaded, while 167,537 beneficiaries are for validation,” it said in a statement.
“The Department urged the LGUs to fast track their action and accomplish these concerns to immediately facilitate the processing of the SAP assistance of the remaining beneficiaries.”
During a virtual press briefing Tuesday, DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said the LGUs were given until Aug. 19 to upload the SAC forms of over 300,000 SAP beneficiaries to enable the DSWD to immediately process their entitled SAP subsidy as provided for under Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act.
He cited the failure of the LGUs to immediately upload the SAC forms of more than 300, 000 SAP 2 beneficiaries, and the failure of over 200,000 SAP beneficiaries to supply their personal information, like their mobile phone numbers as among the reasons that delayed the distribution of cash aid.
“To continue the distribution, the Department is still waiting for the local government units (LGUs) to complete the uploading of the SAC forms of the remaining 300,000 beneficiaries and the validation of 200,000 others lacking vital information such as mobile numbers and middle names,” the DSWD said.
“To date, distribution of the second tranche of SAP is still ongoing and is nearing completion with 92 percent of its target beneficiaries already reached,” it noted.
On Thursday, the DSWD reported that it has covered more than 13.1 million of the 14.1 million families targeted to receive the SAP 2 cash aid.