Solons lament SAP distribution delay

LAWMAKERS questioned the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) over the continued delay in the distribution of the second tranche of the financial assistance under the social amelioration program (SAP).

At the continuation of the legislative inquiry on the delayed SAP financial aid, Deputy Speaker and Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte expressed disappointment over the non-release of the second tranche to a smaller number of beneficiaries.

“We need to know the date. Kailan ba talaga maibibigay ang second tranche? Marami na ang nagtatanong. Marami na ang naghihintay,” Villafuerte asked DSWD officials present in the hearing.

For the second tranche, about 12 million beneficiaries from the areas under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) will be given financial aid from P5,000 to P8,000.

Unlike the first tranche, the second tranche will only be distributed by the DSWD without the assistance of the local government units.

Chairman of the House committee on good government and public accountability and Bulacan Rep. Jonathan Sy-Alvarado and Chairman of the House committee on public accounts and Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor asked the DSWD the same question.

Responding to the queries of the solons, DSWD Undersecretary Danilo Pamonag said the delay in the release is due to verification of duplicated names.

The DSWD said there are 48,000 duplicated names appeared on the list of the first tranche.

“We are still verifying and cleaning the list. We want to correct the duplication,” Pamonag said.

The distribution of the second tranche has started on July 3 and the DSWD announced that about 123,000 families have already received cash aid.

The solons lamented that less than 10 percent of the beneficiaries have received the financial aid.

“Tingin ko itong names na inaayos nyo o itong duplication issue ay palusot na lang,” Sy-Alvarado said.

The investigation was conducted by the House after Speaker Alan Cayetano, Deputy Speakers Villafuerte, Raneo Abu, Dan Fernandez and Neptali Gonzales II; accounts committee Chairman Abraham Tolentino; Metro Manila development committee Chairman Manuel Luis Lopez; Deputy Majority Leader Cristal Bagatsing and health committee Vice Chairman Ruth Mariano Hernandez filed House Resolution 973 to look into the undue delay in SAP distribution.