Sat. Sep 18th, 2021

MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Wednesday (AFP) announced that it will provide necessary assistance to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the distribution of the second tranche of the cash aid under the social amelioration program (SAP) in identified “problematic areas”.

In a press statement, AFP spokesperson, Marine Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said this came out during the planning coordination meeting with the DSWD.

Arevalo defined problematic areas as those that have reported anomalies in SAP distribution; geographically-isolated barangays in far-flung and island municipalities, and locations where communist terrorist groups and other threat groups prevent the orderly distribution of SAP.

“We will employ in this task our experience in distributing election paraphernalia during local polls,” he added.

While the AFP may need to adjust its troop deployment to aid the DSWD, he said this will not have an effect on the military’s operations.

“This may affect our security operations only in terms of adjustments in our troops deployment but not enough to hamper operational success. As a matter of fact, during the period 10 May-13 May, 15 CNTs (communist New People’s Army terrorists) were killed in a series of encounters while we are assisting LGUs (local government units) in anti-Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) activities,” Arevalo said. (ia/PNA)

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