THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has filed over 300 charges against those who are allegedly involved in anomalies in the distribution of the social amelioration program (SAP) cash subsidy.
DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said Monday evening, November 30, 2020, that they have received a total of 782 complaints against 1,278 suspects regarding SAP anomalies.
Of the 367 that were investigated, 270 are pending before prosecutor’s offices, 30 are with the court and 27 are pending before the Office of the Ombudsman.
Among the administrative cases, 184 were referred to the prosecutor, 57 were filed in court and 66 were filed again before the Ombudsman. Serving suspension are 89 barangay chairpersons.
The charges were violation of the Republic Act 3019 of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, violation of RA 6713 Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards, and violation of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (Bayanihan 1), among others.
Cases of robbery extortion and grave threats were also filed against some of the officials.
Meanwhile, Año said over 260,000 contact tracers have been deployed across the country to boost the country’s contact tracing efforts against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“Sa contact tracing naman po, mayroon na tayong 263,698 contact tracers na siyang bubuo sa 30,540 teams at mayroon po tayong (As for contact tracing, we now have 263,398 contact tracers that would form 30,540 teams and now we have 1:6 close contact ratio at 95.87 percent efficiency,” he reported to President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday.
The DILG will be hiring a total of 50,000 contact tracers pursuant to the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2). (SunStar Philippines)