Sat. Sep 18th, 2021

MANILA – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Tuesday some 1,104 local government units (LGUs) already submitted their liquidation reports to DSWD field offices as of June 7, as it continued to remind other LGUs to finish their reports for the first tranche of the government’s social amelioration program (SAP).

“There are still 222 LGUs who are finishing their reports. So we are at 81.15 percent in our liquidation,” DSWD Undersecretary Rene Glen Paje said in an episode of uSAP Tayo, the agency’s bi-weekly live-streamed video conference.

Paje said the distribution of the second tranche will begin sometime this week, adding that they are also eyeing to complete the liquidation and validation of low-income families who received the first tranche of cash aid earlier.

The agency performs validation to check the eligibility of the beneficiaries and to see if there was duplication in the provision of the assistance from DSWD and other agencies that are required to implement separate assistance under SAP.

“To make sure that the money we take from our fund, the public’s money, shall be utilized properly,” he added.

The validation and evaluation will only be done by DSWD field offices once the data of each LGU has been submitted in full, as validation is conducted in the city/municipality, provincial, and regional levels.

The DSWD Central Office then will do a de-duplication in which the names of the beneficiaries and their family members will be name-matched with the lists of the Social Security System (SSS), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Agriculture (DA), and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

As of 8 p.m. of June 8, DSWD reported on its website that it has already released PHP18.3 billion to 4,214,000 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P’s) beneficiaries.

It has also downloaded PHP81.7 to LGUs. Of this amount, some PHP80.6 billion were already distributed to 13,311,891 non-4P’s beneficiaries.

On June 3, Paje also reported that they distributed PHP785 million to transport network vehicle service (TNVS) and public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers in the National Capital Region who were affected by the suspension of mass transport. (PNA)

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