Sotto: Pasig City to provide cash aid through Supplemental SAP

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) — Apart from funds sourced through the DSWD Social Amelioration Program, cash assistance for Pasigueños will also be made available through the newly launched Pasig Supplemental SAP, the city mayor announced Sunday.

"Ang gagawin po natin dito sa Pasig City—nakita ko po sa ibang LGU[s]; pati po sa probinsya, may ibang LGU[s] na ganito po 'yung gagawin—magkakaroon po tayo ng Pasig Supplemental SAP," Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto said in an online briefing.

[Translation: What we will do in Pasig City—like what other LGUs and provincial LGUs do—we will have a Pasig Supplemental SAP.]

He said families who were not counted as beneficiaries of the DSWD Social Amelioration Program will be covered by the Pasig Supplemental SAP.

"Lahat po ng nangangailangan na wala sa listahan ng DSWD, sasaluhin po ng Pasig City," Sotto said.

[Translation: All those who are in need, but were not included in the list provided by DSWD, will be answered for by Pasig City.]

The city mayor admitted that the local government will not be able to provide the same financial support, which amounts to P16,000 for every family; but he assured that his office will exhaust all its sources to cater to the needs of the Pasigueños.

"Hindi po natin kaya 'yung buong halaga na P8,000 for two months or P16,000. Hindi po natin kaya 'yung ganu'n kalaking halaga, pero gagawin natin ang lahat nang makakaya," Sotto said.

[Translation: We can't do P8,000 for two months or P16,000. We can't afford that much, but we will do everything we can.]

"Maghahanap po tayo ng pondo para makapag-realign po tayo; o 'yung pera ng Pasig sa trust fund, ilalabas po natin, sa permiso ng Sangguniang Panlungsod natin, na alam ko namang tutulong din sa atin," he added.

[Translation: We will source funds, so we can realign; or we will bring out Pasig City's trust funds, with the permission of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, which, I'm sure, will also help us.]

Sotto noted that they are currently in the process of reviewing the budget and financial status of the city government, but they are looking at distributing a total of P8,000 to each family.

"Ngayon po, ang nakita nating halaga na kaya ng pamahalaan ay nasa P8,000 per family. [....] Ginagawa namin, pinag-aaralan namin 'yung budget, 'yung cash position ng city para malaman kung ga'no kalaki 'yung kayang maitulong ng city, para saluhin po 'yung wala sa listahan ng DSWD national," he said.

[Translation: At present, the local government is eyeing about P8,000 per family. (....) What we do, we study the budget and cash position of the city to see how much we can give to families who were not counted in by the national office of DSWD.]

Under the Local Government Code, LGUs are tasked to provide basic social welfare services to its constituents. LGUs abide by such principle in identifying beneficiaries of the Social Amelioration Program.

As of April 11, the DSWD has served over P16 billion with the Pantawid ng Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). More than P47 billion have been distributed to local government units, while over P335 million have been given to low-income, non-4Ps beneficiaries.

Stricter measures on distribution of relief goods

The Pasig City mayor also called on families who are taking advantage of the relief goods provided by the local government.

"'Pag may nahuli po tayong nanloloko, nandurugas—halimbawa, isang pamilya; sinabi, dalawang pamilya sila—papakasuhan ko po 'yan; papakulong ko po 'yan. Panahon po ng krisis ngayon," Sotto emphasized.

[Translation: If we ever catch these people—for example, family members who claim to be from different families (to get more relief goods)—I will file a case against them; I will send them to jail. We are in the middle of a crisis.]