File photo of DILG Secretary Eduardo Año.

Eight mayors from Region IV-B (MIMAROPA) are among the 43 mayors that will be given show-cause orders for poor distribution of social amelioration program (SAP) funds.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) made the announcement in a statement released May 14.

“While the vast majority of the LGUs were able to distribute their SAP before the deadline leading to a national pay-out rate of 97% yesterday, may ilan pa rin na naiwan, thus, the DILG and the public deserves to know why they failed to complete their distribution,” said DILG Secretary Eduardo Año.

Two deadline extensions to complete SAP cash distributions were already allowed by the DILG, the latest being at 12 AM on May 10. As of May 10, Año stated that 43 local government units (LGUs) had 79% and below accomplishment rates.

The DILG is yet released the names of the mayors in question. According to DILG Director in Puerto Princesa and Palawan Virgilio Tagle, they still have not yet received any information from the national government identifying the mayors.

“Ang official communication sa amin, nagpahiwatig ang regional director namin [sa na-issue na statement] wala pang official announcement kung sinu-sino ang mga mayor na ito,” said Tagle.

As of May 16, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), facilitator of the SAP, declared a 94.53% accomplishment on its SAP distribution efforts in MIMAROPA, with a total of 392,171 beneficiaries served, and a total of P1.9-billion worth of cash distributed.