Vincent Galura of the City Social Welfare and Development Office said the total amount of SAP aid released to the city amounted to P72.38 million at P5, 500 per beneficiary.
Initially, there were 14,284 applicants listed for the assistance but some 1,124 were not given due to varied reasons like disqualification and non- appearance until the last day of release last May 10 that gave the city 92.13% SAP performance rate, Galura explained.
For verification and cross-checking of beneficiaries, listing and screening of applicants was handed to the barangays, he said.
Target recipients of the SAP, a one-time cash grant for low income families affected by the enhanced community quarantine as provided under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, include Pantawid families, vendors, drivers, single parents and other daily-based earners.
Rosita Copio, a widow and vegetable vendor, who lost income since the lockdown last March 17 said the money is a big help to her family of three.
“This time of the lockdown when we can not go out and earn, we receive food assistance from the local government and now we have this financial aid from the SAP that allows us to make both ends meet, “Copio said.
It was learned that 27 SAP recipients of Tabuk have returned the financial assistance after learning that they are not eligible to receive said cash aid as provided under the SAP guidelines. Some are pensioners, beneficiaries of other government assistance programs, spouses of government employees or a member of the same household that received SAP.
Meanwhile, the city-LGU has rolled out the third wave of family food pack distribution targeting at least 35,000 households in the 42 barangays. (JDP/LL-PIA CAR, Kalinga)
By Larry T. Lopez