PNP to aid DWSD and AFP in issuing 2nd tranche of SAPs
During a televised meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista announced that instead of Local Government Units (LGU), the Philippine National Police (PNP) will help the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the government agency on the upcoming 2nd tranche of Social Amelioration Program (SAP).
11 million poor households will benefit from the emergency cash aids that are currently under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to avoid the spreading of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act that was signed by the president last March 24, low-income families will receive Php 5,000 to Php 8,000. Bautista then revealed that they had initial coordination with police and military officers to assist in issuing the cash subsidies, especially in remote areas.
PNP Spokesman Brigadier General Bernard Banac confirmed Bautista’s statement by saying that a total of 205,000 policemen will help for a better allocation of cash assistance for beneficiaries.
At the same meeting, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said that the first wave of dispensation was 97% complete. He is also expecting that banks and remittance centers will be available during the 2nd tranche to minimize physical contact between the authorities and recipients. It can be recalled that DSWD and DICT launched the mobile app “ReliefAgad” to hasten the delivery of SAPs.
The additional 5 million families who were left out during the 1st tranche will also receive their cash aids that were part of the lists to be submitted by the local government units. This is the reason why DILG gave an order to LGUs to identify these families until May 21.
In addition, Año warned the barangay officials who are caught stealing the funds as they will face grievous punishment. According to Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, a total of 25 local administrators are charged with alleged corruption filed by the government but he won’t name the officials that were inspected by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.
Meanwhile, 1,232 out of 1,632 LGUs have completed the issuance of emergency subsidies which means Php 79.2 billion have been hand out for 13.062,681 poor families however, only 365 have proposed their liquidation reports.
On the other hand, Senator Ralph Recto calls out the Duterte administration to release the remaining Php 100 billion to help indigent families, and lifting the lockdown in some areas does not mean that the assistance will end.