A total of 1,800 residents in Barangay Vitalez in Parañaque City received the financial aid during the first day of cash payout as part of the supplemental amelioration program approved by the national government.
The local government used the existing databases from last year’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) 1,2; those who were wait-listed; the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps); and tricycle operators and drivers’ association (TODA) and pedicab operators and drivers’ association (TODA) to identify beneficiaries per barangay in around 155,000 households in the city.
Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said that the qualified beneficiaries are those who belong to low-income households and the vulnerable sector initially identified in the database of the city hall.
“We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the national government for this timely and needed cash assistance for our constituents. This complemented our collective efforts to provide public service in this time of pandemic.” Olivarez said.
Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Bautista commended the city government for immediately responding to the directive and upholding the objectives of the Duterte administration to cascade the much-needed assistance to each affected sector.
City Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) chief Lawyer Melanie Malaya announced the creation of a grievance and appeals committee that will act and respond to any irregularities in the distribution or concerns from the beneficiaries.
Upon the orders of Olivarez, Malaya said a barangay and city-level grievance team has been formed led by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), Social Services Office (SSO), City Legal Office (CLO), and Data Protection Officer (DPO) to oversee the distribution of the cash assistance.
She said the schedule for the remaining 15 barangays will commence in the next few days to meet the 15-day deadline set by the national government to finish the distribution of the cash assistance.