LGUs given 3-day extension to finish cash aid distribution
CEBU, May 8 (PIA) — Local government units (LGUs) are given another three more days extension or until May 10 to complete the distribution of the cash subsidy under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the national government to the ‘poorest of the poor’ beneficiaries who are severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Leah Quitana, regional information officer of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7, “the DILG extended the SAP payout until May 10.”
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sec. Eduardo Año earlier gave the deadline to LGUs until May 7 to give out the SAP cash assistance to all the recipients in their respective area.
Failure to comply with the deadline by LGUs is largely blamed on coming up with a final list of beneficiaries at the barangay level who are really qualified to receive the cash subsidy.
In Central Visayas, around 663,150 families out of 1,058,075 million households have received financial assistance from the government or equivalent to 63 percent, based on the DSWD-7 SAP Implementation Updates as of May 7, 2020.
This is apart from the 288,538 4Ps recipients in the region who have already been given their subsidy share.
Region 7 has disbursed P3,978,900 million as of May 7, 2020 out of the total budget allocation of P6,348,450,000 million for the slightly over 1.3 million beneficiaries, including the 4Ps members.
Negros Oriental had the highest payout in the region with 231,348 household-beneficiaries against 250,021 total number of recipients or equivalent to 93 percent, followed by Bohol with 161,658 as against 181,710 total number of households or 89 percent.
Siquijor has an accomplishment rate of 66 percent payout with 18,576 families against the total number of beneficiaries at 28,126, with Cebu lagging behind at 42 percent, or only 251,568 households have received the cash aid against 598,218 total number of recipients.
Of the total 132 LGUs in Central Visayas, 45 LGUs have completed the payout with 21 from Bohol followed by 12 from Cebu, 11 from Negros Oriental, and one from Siquijor. (fcr/PIA7)