Qualified residents of several municipalities have already received their P5,000 cash assistance from the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The municipal government of Narra, Quezon, San Vicente, Bataraza, Balabac, El Nido, Roxas, and Sofronio Española on Friday distributed the cash aid to the qualified beneficiaries.
The P25.1 million SAP fund was shared by some 5,022 approved households out of 17,433 applications in Quezon town.
In San Vicente, there were 2,977 beneficiaries out of 9,100 total applications processed for the allocated P14 million cash assistance.
Some 6,416 families would benefit from the P32 million cash grant in Roxas, a town with a total of 11,543 households.
Balabac town, with a total budget of P15.8 million, will distribute P5,000 among 3,165 qualified recipients.
Certain local residents, who were not part of the cash aid program, expressed dismay alleging that the processing of the applications was veiled with political and familial ties.
The claim was denied by municipal social workers pointing out that the cash aid “is not for everyone” and that the applications were processed based on the matrix set through the joint memorandum circular (JMC) issued by the national inter-agency task force (IATF).
“Syempre kami naman ay lubos na nalulungkot. Gustuhin man namin mabigyan lahat pero limited naman ang binigay sa atin na slot. Syempre sa amin ang bagsak ng lahat kasi kami ang nagpatupad sa mandato ng pamahalaan. Maraming nakaabot na reklamo sa national at naipaliwanag ko naman. Basta lang naka-sunod kami sa omnibus guidelines, di din kami natatakot na i-reklamo,” said MSWD officer Jennelyn Laro of San Vicente.
Chatty Decena, regional officer, in a virtual press conference, encouraged the public to file complaints through their “grievance system”.
Complaints may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
For text complaints, complaints may be sent to 0939 502 4258 and 0916 252 5799 using the format: SAPmimaropa_name<space> address <space>message.
They may also call the hotline at 0998 226 3646.
Low-income families were prioritized including those who fall under any of the following categories: 4Ps recipient; senior citizens with no monthly pension; persons with disability (PWD); pregnant women or those who had recently given birth; distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFW); urban poor or those who have no house; and informal workers such as tricycle drivers, helpers, or vendors.
(With reports from Ruil Alabi, Alex Baaco, Bella Mutia, Jecan Canaway, Genn Magdayao, and Romar Miranda)