DILG tells barangays to list social amelioration program beneficiaries for transparency

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 18) – The Department of Interior and Local Government ordered on Saturday all barangay captains to create a list of social amelioration program beneficiaries for transparency purposes.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año stressed the SAP beneficiaries’ list must be posted in conspicuous public places, most preferably in barangay halls.

“We want the process of identifying the target beneficiaries under the SAP to be transparent. Hence, we have directed all our punong barangays to post the masterlist of beneficiaries in strategic areas in their barangays so that the residents will also be informed if they will receive the said financial assistance from the government,” said Año in a statement.

Año emphasized the importance of having a master list of SAP beneficiaries, fully disclosed by barangay heads, will give the residents a chance for feedback if they think they should be part of the list.

Kung mayroon mang kulang o mali sa listahan, maaari itong aksyunan ng city o municipal government o ipagbigay-alam sa DSWD,” he said.

[Translation: If anything is missing or wrong with the list, it can be acted upon by the city or municipal government or notified to DSWD.]

The ₱200 billion social amelioration program was instituted by the national government through the Bayanihan to Heal as One law. The Department of Social Welfare and Development was tasked to administer the distribution of the emergency subsidies to indigent families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The emergency subsidy program is intended solely for low-income families with at least one member belonging to the informal economy and most vulnerable sectors of the society, whose entire family totally lost their source of income during the implementation of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

Qualified families will receive ₱5,000 to ₱8,000 monthly allowance for two months under the DSWD social amelioration program.

As of April 15, DSWD said it has already provided over ₱67 billion worth of subsidies to 1,239 local government units.

Since the program started its implementation last March 30, some indigent residents and LGUs complained of the slow distribution of the emergency subsidy by the DSWD.

To expedite the process of distributing the cash aid to eligible families, the Social Department requested LGUs to pull from their own funds in easing the distribution of cash assistance to families who haven’t received their emergency subsidy.

The DSWD also assured that LGUs may request for additional funding in order to cover those who were not included in the first tranche of SAP financial assistance released earlier this month.