THE Department of the Interior and Local Government has directed all Local Government Units to identify the households who were left out in the distribution of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the government which is estimated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to be around five million families.
DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año assured the families that they will be included in the SAP so long as they are qualified under the guidelines of the DSWD.
“Wag po kayong mag-alala, tutulungan po kayo ng ating pamahalaan. We are giving the LGUs three days to submit their initial list to us in DILG and to the DSWD which in turn will validate that list,” he said.
He said that “left-out or waitlisted households” are low-income families who are not recipients of any conditional cash transfer and who were not included in the initial 18 million households who benefited in the 1st tranche of SAP financial assistance. The LGUs have until May 21 to submit the names of their family-beneficiaries to the DILG and the DSWD.
“Nakita natin na despite the initial 18 million SAP beneficiaries, marami pa rin sa ating mga kababayan ang nangangailangan ng tulong. These left-out households, around five million of them, will be assisted kaya nakapahalaga na mabuo ng mga LGU ang listahan na ito sa lalong madaling panahon,” Año says.
He says based on the DSWD report, around five million left-out households (aside from the initial 18 million families targeted) are low-income households and are qualified for the SAP aid.