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Smoother system

WITH lessons learned from the mistakes in the delivery of the first tranche of the social amelioration program (SAP), there should be happy reasons to expect the best in the next distribution of the cash aid.

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano has called on implementing agencies for a smoother system of distributing the second P100-billion financial assistance to millions of poor households under the SAP.

The implementing agencies include the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (D0H) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

In his well-applauded sine die adjournment speech last Friday, June 5, Speaker Cayetano said “there are problems in implementation that are excusable, but there are problems that are inexcusable.”

Under the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act,” 18 million poor households affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon were each granted P5,000 to P8,000 a month for two months.

Aside from the 18 million households, up to 6.6 million middle-income families are to receive cash aid from agencies, like Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and Social Security System.

Every low-income household, he said, ought to receive the financial assistance in the second part of the social amelioration program, which is aimed at helping those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaker Cayetano said President Duterte did his best by working closely with leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives to ensure the passage of the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.”

In calling for a better and smoother system of distributing the second tranche of the SAP, Cayetano, a former member of the Senate, reminded the public of President Duterte’s “simple policy.”