SAP beneficiaries thank gov’t for financial assistance
BAGUIO CITY, May 10(PIA) — “Maraming-maraming salamat sa ating Presidente (Duterte) at natulungan po kaming mahihirap na walang trabaho, na-stuck kami ng dalawang buwan. Salamat sa gobyerno, malaki ang maitutulong nito sa araw-araw naming pamumuhay,” said Jay-ar Viray Pascual of Irisan Barangay, a recipient of Social Amelioration Program (SAP).
Prior to the enhanced community quarantine, Pascual worked as a barber at Jones Barber Shop in La Trinidad, Benguet.
Another SAP beneficiary, Pedrito Kinumo, a construction worker and resident of Irisan, thanked the government for the SAP cash assistance which according to him is a big help for his family for their daily subsistence since he has no work until this time.
SAP is emergency cash assistance for low income families under the Bayanihan Heal as One Act.
As of May 9, Baguio City has already provided SAP assistance to 44,735 qualified beneficiaries, 2,945 of them belonging to 4Ps households and 41,790 non-4Ps. 4Ps beneficiaries received P4,150.00(added up to the regular 4Ps cash subsidy) while non-4Ps got P5,500.00, which is based on the region’s minimum basic wage for a total cash disbursement of P240,680,750.00
Mayor Benjamin Magalong had directed to relax the criteria to include low middle income families and others that are impacted by the ECQ like taxi and jeepney operators with around 4 to 5 units but not operating, owners of boarding houses that have no income,caretakers, private teachers whose source of income are affected and brothers/ sisters living under one house without parents but affected by work stoppage and the like situations.
“With the 32 purok leaders, we were able to identify the beneficiaries with the help ofthe City Social Welfare and Development Office with the employees of the barangays, tanods, volunteers, also teachers from Department of Education. They came up who really are the priority indigents that are affected,” Irisan punong barangay Arthur Carlos Carlos said. Irisan is the biggest barangay in the city.
Meanwhile, Pascual urged people to follow the protocols that are being implemented by the government to prevent the further transmission of the COVID-19 so that restrictions on movements and transport will be relaxed and people can go back to work.
“Sumunod tayo sa ating batas, kapag may curfew sumunod tayo sa ating mga kapulisan, barangay officials at mga tanod,” he said. (JDP/JBZ-PIA CAR)