DILG receives 452 complaints on alleged SAP anomalies

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 16) – The Department of Interior and Local Government received 452 complaints due to alleged anomalies on the government’s social amelioration program (SAP).

During the weekly Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año reported that a total of 649 suspects are being investigated due to the complaints their agency obtained.

Año added there are already 250 cases being prepared, 139 of which are now filed in different fiscal offices.

Ayon po sa inyong utos, kailangang managot ang mga local government officials na corrupt, na nag-aksaya at nag-abuso sa pag-distribute ng SAP,” said Año.

[Translation: Based on your directive, local government officials who are corrupt, wasted and abused the SAP funds during its distribution should be punished accordingly.]

Despite the high number of complaints, the DILG Secretary assured the President the second tranche of SAP distribution will be smooth.

Police and military personnel will now lead the distribution of the COVID-19 cash aid, now done by direct cash payment through bank transfers or its Relief Agad mobile application.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development started distributing the second tranche of emergency cash aid last June 11.

The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act authorized Duterte to provide an emergency subsidy of ₱5,000 to ₱8,000 each to 18 million low income families once a month for two months. Some 98 percent of the beneficiaries were able to receive the first tranche of cash aid, but implementation was marred with delays and corruption allegations.