Sat. Sep 18th, 2021

MANILA – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday said it continues to look into the circumstances surrounding the 155 barangay (village) chiefs and officials allegedly involved in irregularities on the distribution of the social amelioration program (SAP).

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said of this number, complaints against 30 village officials have been referred to the Office of the Ombudsman.

“Tuloy tuloy po Mr. President ‘yung pag-iimbestiga natin at maraming pangalan dumadating sa amin ang sabi ko nga po mga Kapitan mga nilagay kamag-anak o miyembro ng pamilya doon sa listahan ng nakatanggap, pati na rin po mga nadoble, tuloy-tuloy (Mr. President, our investigation is ongoing and we have been getting many names. These include barangay officials who included their relatives or family members in the list of SAP beneficiaries. Even those who got double, we are looking into that),” Año told President Rodrigo Duterte in a televised meeting.

Año said the DILG would continue to run after local officials who are involved in irregularities in handing the emergency cash subsidy to qualified beneficiaries.

“Maganda po rito, marami na ang nagsasalita kasi po lahat ng mga nakatanggap ay ipina-poste namin ‘yung kanilang pangalan sa mga barangay halls para makita noong mga mamamayan kung sino talaga ‘yung mga nakatanggap (The good thing here is that many are speaking up because all those who received aid, we ordered that their names be posted in barangay halls so that the people can see them),” he added.

Año said over four million families who were left out in the first wave of SAP distribution will be prioritized in the aid’s second tranche.

“Sa unang tranche po halos kumpleto na almost 99 percent na yung ating na-distribute at na-prepare po ng DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) ‘yung pangalawang tranche. Sa huling ulat po ay 4,094,311 names na nai-submit ng LGUs (local government units), sila po yung bibigyan ng priority at nakahanda po sa second tranche. Tutulong ang AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) at PNP (Philippine National Police) sa pagdi-distribute at gagamitin karamihan dito, ATM payment scheme kaya baka mas madali ang pagpapatupad sa (The first tranche of SAP distribution is 99 percent completed and the DSWD has prepared the second tranche. Our latest report contains 4,094,311 names submitted by the LGUs and will be prioritized for the second tranche. The AFP and PNP will help in the distribution and most of them will use the ATM payment scheme so we see that there will be an easier distribution of the) second tranche,” he said.

The DSWD will implement cashless transactions for the second tranche as advised by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The department tapped PayMaya as one of the featured payment methods in the ReliefAgad app.

SAP beneficiaries may choose to receive their cash aid through their respective PayMaya accounts. (PNA)

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