DSWD Undersecretary Jose Ernesto Gaviola and DSWD Cordillera Regional Director Leo Quintilla with Department of the Interior and Local Government -CAR Regional Director Marlo Iringan assisted by Kapangan Mayor Many Fermin led the pay-out for the town's 248 additional beneficiaries of the Emergency Subsidy Program - SAP at the municipal grounds here.
DSWD Spokesperson Director Irene Dumlao said Kapangan is the first for the entire country whose additional beneficiaries received the cash assistance under the Emergency Subsidy Program – SAP of the DSWD during the COVID-19 crisis.
“Kapangan is among the first local government units that submitted its certified eligible beneficiaries to the DSWD-CAR and is the first LGU that has been validated and completed for it to be qualified for the pay-out,” said Dumlao.
She explained that the beneficiaries in Kapangan are among those who appealed to become beneficiaries of the SAP during the first distribution. Although they were qualified, they were among those “waitlisted” by the DSWD.
They are among the five million additional low-income families approved by President Rodrigo Duterte to avail of the SAP financial assistance program as part of the government’s support during the COVID-19 crisis.
With SAP assistance based on prevailing regional minimum wage rates, beneficiaries in the Cordillera Region are entitled to P5, 500.
The officials also took time to personally deliver the cash assistance to Ana Amoy Taag, a 92-year old resident of Labueg, Kapangan.
Dumlao reminded the LGUs should make a way to deliver the cash assistance to those included in the vulnerable sectors such as senior citizens and persons with disabilities to lessen their movements such as going out of their residence as they are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19.
Mayor Fermin thanked the President and the DSWD for providing cash assistance to the beneficiaries in Kapangan and for adding more recipients who are also in need during the COVID-19 crisis.
Kapangan had 2,176 beneficiaries of the first tranche of the SAP. 300 have been waitlisted with 248 of them receiving their cash emergency assistance last Saturday.
“I never knew that by complying with the requirements of the DSWD on the SAP, we will be rewarded as the first LGU to be given cash assistance for more beneficiaries,” said Fermin.
In May, the DSWD told LGUs to identify eligible low-income families affected by the declaration of the ECQ but were not included in the first wave of SAP, and submit the required data.
Meanwhile, Baguio City also started on Tuesday at the PFVR gymnasium the distribution of the ESP-SAP to its 266 additional beneficiaries who were also validated by the DSWD.
The SAP for millions of Filipino families whose lives are greatly affected by the ECQ is provided under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. (JDP/RMC PIA-CAR)
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis