The Commission on Audit has uncovered cases of recipients under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) getting paid twice with the amount involved reaching around P112 million.
State auditors noted the duplication in the distribution of SAP aid from the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) central office and in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4A, 5, 6, 7 and 13.
“Validation of SAP payments to recipients revealed that despite the deduplication procedures set by the Management as internal control, there were still SAP beneficiaries that were paid Emergency Assistance from various government agencies in excess of the threshold set by the JMC (Joint Memorandum Circular),” COA said in a report.
The amount involved, or P112 million, was given to 20,196 beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, the DSWD pointed to haste in preparing the payrolls for card beneficiaries based solely on the list given by municipalities covered by SAP.
Under SAP, low income families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic are given P5,000 to P8,000 monthly cash subsidy for two months.