Mayors in Western Visayas calls for the Department of Social Welfare and Development regarding a ‘numerical error’ in the number of beneficiaries. This is after the agency reduced allocations for beneficiaries of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP).
Several mayors have been put in jeopardy as they have already revealed the number of beneficiaries to their constituents. It can be recalled that the program will provide cash or non-cash subsidy to eighteen (18) million household beneficiaries in the amount of Php 5,000 to a maximum of Php 8,000 for the purpose of purchasing food, medicine, and toiletries. Republic Act 11469 otherwise known as the ‘Bayanihan to Heal as One Act’ affirms the Department of Social and Welfare and Development’s Social Amelioration Program.
“I believe I speak for all the (Iloilo) mayors that the DSWD regional office has a lot of explaining to do to our constituents,” states San Enrique Mayor Rosario Mediatrix ‘Trixie’ Fernandez, in an article by The Inquirer.
Moreover, Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Rhea Penaflor admitted that there was a ‘miscommunication’ in the allocation figures given by the agency to local government units. However, Penaflor assures that the government will look for funds for beneficiaries who were not able to receive aid due to the error. Read more from The Inquirer: COVID-19 aid mess: West Visayas mayors tell DSWD to explain errors in beneficiary numbers.