THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has directed barangay chairpersons to post the list of target beneficiaries of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) in their areas of jurisdiction.
DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said this is to ensure honest, transparent, and orderly management of the SAP funds.
The list may be posted at the barangay hall, city/municipal hall, social center, gymnasium, auditorium, transport terminal, public market, health station or center, hospital, and other similar public places.
“We want the process of identifying the target beneficiaries under the SAP to be transparent. Hence, we have directed all our punong barangays to post the masterlist of beneficiaries in strategic areas in their barangays so that the residents will also be informed if they will receive the said financial assistance from the government,” he said.
“Napakaimportante na ihayag ang listahan para maliwanagan din ang mga mamamayan at maintindihan nila na kailangang unahin ang pinakamahirap na pamilya na walang-wala na talagang mapaghuhugutan sa gitna ng krisis na ito,” he added.
Año noted the importance of the full disclosure of the SAP beneficiary list in order for the residents to react especially if they think they should be included in the list.
He said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) earlier gave assurance that LGUs may request for additional funding in order to cover those who were not included in the first tranche of SAP financial assistance released earlier this month.
Año made the statement after receiving reports from their field offices on the lack of transparency in the distribution of social amelioration cards to target beneficiaries.
In an advisory on the implementation of SAP and other programs, projects and activities against Covid-19, Año instructed barangay chairpersons to organize project monitoring teams to monitor the SAP implementation in their areas.
He clarified that the SAP funds coursed through the DSWD are intended solely for low-income families with at least one member belonging to the informal economy and most vulnerable sectors of the society whose entire family totally lost their source of income during the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine and state of calamity. (SunStar Philippines)