Close to 7,000 families in Puerto Princesa City had received the P5,000 cash assistance under the national government’s Social Amelioration Program whose distribution deadline lapsed yesterday.
The city’s social welfare office, however, said they intend to appeal the case of some 11,000 families who were excluded from the first tranche of the SAP.
The May 10 deadline of the cash aid distribution was set by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Lydia Del Rosario, CSWD officer, explained during the Question Hour before the City Council that around 36,956 families in the city have already received the P5,000 cash aid under the SAP.
She said their distribution effort mobilized over 70 regular and job order employees of the city government to facilitate the distribution.
Del Rosario admitted they made some errors in implementing the program, attributing it to the lack of manpower, coupled with the diversion of their attention to a big fire incident
“Nasunugan din tayo and we have served more than 700 individuals,” she said.
Del Rosario reiterated that the appeal of those who were excluded was already endorsed to the DSWD national office. However, the list would have to be re-evaluated citing some beneficiaries lied on their application form.
“Halimbawa ‘yong teacher nilagay niya na housewife siya, pero ‘yong iba nagsasauli naman kaya kailangan pang i-revalidate,” Del Rosario added.
Eric Aborot, DSWD Palawan field officer, clarified that the appeal was under the assumption that Puerto Princesa City would receive some slots out of the 5 million additional beneficiaries approved by the national inter-agency task force (IATF).
“Ang assumption natin ay kasama sa 5 million additional beneficiaries approved ng IATF. Pero hinihintay pa natin kung ilan yong mabibigay sa atin na slots,” Aborot said.
A total of 66,600 SAP forms were distributed to the households throughout the city, more than 59,000 of which were returned and processed, while 36,956 were granted.
The 11,000 individuals on the appeal were pooled from the list pending review and re-evaluation from local social welfare workers.
Puerto Princesa City received more than P185 million for the cash assistance program by the national government in aid of those households who were affected by income loss due to the COVID-19 crisis.