DSWD official trumpets distribution of SAP aid

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has already released the second tranche of the financial assistance for 13.5 million beneficiaries.

A DSWD official reported to the House committee on good government and public accountability that the amount released has reached P81.1 billion.

The financial aid is under the social amelioration program of the national government as contained in Bayanihan 1 or We Heal As One Act.

“I am pleased to report that for the second tranche of SAP, a total amount of P81.1 billion had been disbursed for the benefit of 13.5 million families or beneficiaries. This is translated to 95 percent accomplishment of the program,” DSWD Undersecretary Danilo Pamonag said.

Pamonag told the committee chaired by Bulacan Rep. Jonathan Sy-Alvarado that the agency is very optimistic of releasing all the assistance to complete the 18 million beneficiaries.

“We are optimistic that we would be able to serve all our eligible beneficiaries in due time as the necessary documentary requirements are now being processed for the subsequent transfer of funds to our beneficiaries,” he added.

Under the SAP, each qualified beneficiary is getting P5,000 to P8,000 cash subsidy from the government to be given in two tranches.

The DSWD once said that the distribution may be extended until the end of  August due to several factors.

Meanwhile, Sy-Alvarado expressed disappointment over DSWD’s hotline which is not working and cannot be reached for people’s complaints and queries.