The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) appealed Thursday for public understanding, especially to the unserved 1.2 million beneficiaries of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) program in the National Capital Region, after it failed to complete the second tranche distribution of SAP by end of September.
DSWD-NCR Regional Director Vicente Gregorio Tomas said the qualified SAP beneficiaries who have yet to receive their SAP 2 aid need not to worry since the agency is exhausting all means to expeditiously distribute the cash subsidies.
"Naintindihan po namin ang hirap ng sitwasyon natin ngayon at mga pangangailangan na dagliang matanggap ang ayuda. Humihingi po kami ng pag-unawa sa ating mga kababayan lalo na dito po sa National Capital Region. Patuloy rin po ang ginagawang pagrerelease ng ating second tranche,” he said in a virtual press briefing.
(We understand the hardship of our current situation, and the need to immediately receive the cash aid. We are asking for understanding to our countrymen, especially here in the National Capital Region. The release of the second tranche continues.)
He explained that the second tranche distribution has been delayed because the DSWD and its financial service providers (FSPs) have to reprocess the failed transactional accounts following the "discrepancies” in the information provided by the beneficiaries themselves.
“Hindi po titigil ang ating partners na FSPs sa pamamahagi hanggang hindi natin nakukumpleto ang ating target sa funded payroll. Ganun din isinasaayos at ni-rereprocess ng DSWD-NCR katulong ng LGUs ang mga mayroong discrepancy sa impormasyon ng benepisyaryo,” Tomas said.
(Our FSPs-partners will not stop the distribution until we have not yet completed our target in the funded payroll. Likewise, the DSWD-NCR, in partnership with the LGUs is addressing and reprocessing the transactional accounts of beneficiaries who have discrepancies in their information.)
Tomas said of the 3, 202, 249 target beneficiaries of SAP in NCR, around 1, 260, 119 have yet to receive their aid.
"You don’t have to worry, because this aid is for you and you will receive it, that’s for sure. We really have to follow and undergo the necessary process," he said.
The DSWD official disclosed that around 1, 942, 830 low-income families, including those waitlisted in the NCR have received their SAP 2 aid.
He said the list of latest recipients of the SAP 2 aid in Metro Manila include 215, 934 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps); 504, 132 low-income, and non-4Ps recipients; and around 1, 222, 764 waitlisted beneficiaries.
During the virtual press briefing, DSWD Field Office-IV-A Protective Services Division Chief Eloisa Rogado said the CALABARZON recorded 71-percent SAP distribution rate.
She said they are closely coordinating with the FSPs to ensure that the unserved beneficiaries in the region will be covered.
According to her, out of 2.3 million beneficiaries targeted to receive the SAP 2 aid, around 1, 677. 789 poor families have received their cash subsidy.
The breakdown of the SAP 2 beneficiaries in Region IV-A is as follows: 309,000 4Ps recipients, 1.2 million non-4Ps households, 155,000 waitlisted beneficiaries, and 6,088 drivers of public utility vehicles (PUVs) and the Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS).
Citing their latest SAP monitoring report, DSWD spokesperson Irene Dumlao said as of October 1, more than P83.1 billion worth of SAP 2 subsidies have been distributed to over 13.91 million families.