AFP ready to provide assistance, security in 2nd tranche of SAP distribution
PASIG CITY, June 20 (PIA) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is ready to provide assistance in the distribution of the second tranche of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP).
Together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Local Government Units (LGU), the whole of nation approach aims to provide support to low-income facilities greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Armed Forces of the Philippines is eager to comply with the President’s directive for the timely and effective distribution of assistance. The AFP treats the Social Amelioration Program with the same importance as the other duties we have on hand. We join other government agencies in a collaborative effort to “heal as one” in the battle against COVID-19,” AFP Chief of Staff, General Felimon T. Santos Jr. said in a statement.
Based on Joint Memorandum Circular 20 (JMC) signed on June 9, the second tranche of SAP will be given to beneficiaries of the first tranche living in areas that are still under Enhanced Community Quarantine such as: National Capital Region, Region 3 except Aurora, Region 4-A, Benguet, Pangasinan, Iloilo Province, Cebu Province, Bacolod, Davao City, Albay Province, Zamboanga City.
The JMC has tasked the Department of National Defense (DND) through the AFP to lead the agencies in security and coordination with LGUs on the operationalization of the distribution.
According to the AFP, military personnel will assist in the actual distribution and handling of funds in identified Conflict Affected Areas (CAA) and Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA) together with DSWD Special Disbursing Officers (SDO).
Likewise, the AFP has already increased its level of preparation and adjusted troop deployment to prevent communist terrorist groups and other threat groups from disrupting the orderly distribution of assistance.
To speed up the efficient distribution of SAP, the AFP will also continue to provide technical, administrative, and logistical assistance; utilizing land, air, and sea assets to transport DSWD personnel and goods as needed.
The AFP will also join DSWD personnel in responding to complaints. (AFP/PIA-NCR)