THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has reminded local chief executives (LCEs) that the liquidation and submission of the encoded list of beneficiaries for the second tranche of financial aid is only until today (May 28).
According to Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, LCEs may directly forward the list to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The national government is currently preparing for the distribution of the next cash aid for the beneficiaries under the special amelioration program (SAP).
“As per directive of Secretary Eduardo Año, kailangang tapusin na ng mga LGUs ngayon ang liquidation report nila para sa second tranche at isubmit na nila ito pati na ang encoded list of beneficiaries sa DSWD. Only then can we proceed with the 2nd tranche,” Malaya said.
According to the DSWD, only 472 LGUs out of the 1,634 LGUs nationwide have so far submitted their liquidation reports to the social welfae agency as of May 26, 2020.
At the same time, LGUs are also asked to accept returns or refunds of SAP cash aid by beneficiaries who received similar benefits from other government agencies such as 4Ps, DOLE’s CAMP and SSS’ SBWS.
Malaya pointed out that every unreturned amount means that a similar family in need is deprived of cash aid.
“All returned cash subsidies may be given to “left-out” families within their jurisdiction prior to liquidation, provided they are qualified to receive the SAP based on DSWD guidelines,” he said.
For cash aid returned by beneficiaries after the liquidation by LGUs, Malaya said this shall be remitted to DSWD field offices. “An official receipt must be issued to the beneficiaries as proof of refund,” he said.
The DILG this time is confident that the payout of the second tranche of SAP cash aid will be more efficient and systematic considering that LGUs must have already ironed out the kinks and lapses during the first payout.
“We recognize the huge difficulties encountered by LGUs in the SAP distribution of the first tranche. It is quite understandable because this is the biggest financial cash aid for poor families in the country’s history,” the DILG official said.
He assured the DSWD and the LGUs that the Philippine National Police (PNP) is ready to assist them during the distribution of the second tranche in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas of the country.
“Nakahanda naman po ang ating kapulisan para alalayan ang DSWD at mga LGUs sa pamimigay ng ayuda sa mga malalayo at ilang lugar sa ating bansa para masiguro na matatanggap ito ng ating mga kababayan,” he said.