The Department of Social Services and Development will be releasing the second tranche of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) grants within this week to about 97,000 beneficiaries in Bacolod City.
PacitaTero, DSSD-Bacolod head, yesterday said they are just waiting for the payroll from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Central Office and the funds that will be downloaded to Bacolod City.
Tero said they expect to finish releasing the SAP within three days. The beneficiaries of the first tranche of SAP, who received P6,000 each for April and May, are also the ones who will be the recipients of the second tranche.
About 15,700 “left out” families in the first tranche will also be receiving a total of P12,000. These are qualified beneficiaries who have not been included in the list for the first tranche since the city had only an allotted budget for a certain number of beneficiaries, she said.
Tero said those who have received grants from the Social Security System, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Agriculture including 4Ps beneficiaries are not qualified to receive the second tranche of SAP.
Bacolod City had 98,143 SAP beneficiaries for the first tranche but this was reduced to 97,000 after validation conducted by the DSSD regional and central offices, she said.
Their validators have discovered that there were about 76 individuals, who had double entry or who have been listed as SAP beneficiaries in two barangays. These individuals are not qualified to receive any grant from the second tranche, Tero said.
There were also 4P’s beneficiaries who were discovered to have other members of the family receiving grant from the first tranche of SAP. There were also others who were ineligible to receive the grant because they did not qualify based on their guidelines, she said.
To ensure that minimum health standards will be implemented or observed during the distribution of SAP, they have recommended that big barangays should only accommodate 1,000 beneficiaries per day. The distribution will be assisted by the police, she added.*
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