PROCOR chief commends SAP beneficiaries who waive cash aid for other families
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 7—The Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCOR) Regional Director expressed his admiration to the Social Amelioration Program (SAP SAP) recipients in the region who chose not to receive the cash aid distributed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the different local government units (LGUs).
“It is very heart-warming to experience that amidst this crisis where almost every day is a struggle, people here in Cordillera do not think of getting more for themselves; rather, they share what they have so that everyone can be satisfied,” Police Brigadier General R’wn Pagkalinawan said.
This kind gesture reflects the upright characteristic of Cordillerans, their resiliency toward crisis like this COVID-19 pandemic, and their concern for others, he said.
Since the start of the distribution of the SAP in April this year, numerous individuals who are registered in the shortlist of the LGUs to receive the funding declined the support saying they believe they do not qualify under the parameters set by the DSWD, and that other families are more deserving.
Among the reasons why they opted to waive the financial assistance are they have enough for their families and have continuous compensation while others are simply honest since some of their spouses were already recipients in other places, they are government employees, and/or 4Ps beneficiaries.
Adding up the figures gathered from the provinces of Abra and Benguet, more than a hundred SAP beneficiaries waived the Php5,500.00 cash aid while other provinces are still consolidating with the distribution still ongoing.
Pagkalinawan said he is confident that the funds allotted to address the concerns of the less fortunate here in Cordillera region are appropriately given to the right family especially that part of the salaries of all Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel were committed to the Social Amelioration Fund for COVID-19, not to mention other initiated programs like the “Kapwa Ko Sagot Ko”, Adopt a Family Program, and other charitable efforts of the PROCOR.
“Times of crisis should be moments where everyone must really be “brothers’ or sisters’ keeper”, and I am very honored to witness that here in Cordillera, You can feel the sincerity, selflessness, and harmony of the people, not only through individual and organizational efforts, but especially the inter-agency collaboration.” he said. (PROCOR RPIO).