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Transport group in Sarangani receives SAP aid

ALABEL, Sarangani (July 20, 2020) – As part of the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) for Covid-19, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region XII has released cash assistance to Sarangani Transport Alliance for Reform and True Development (STARTeD) beneficiaries.

Some 113 and 56 public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers from Alabel and Glan, respectively, each received on July 12 P5,000 cash aid for the second tranche of SAP distribution.

The distribution was led by DSWD Regional Director Cezario Joel Espejo and Retired Col. Paterno Reynato Padua, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) regional director.

According to Espejo, these beneficiaries were among the 144,403 “left-outs” in the whole region.

“The left-out or waitlisted households are low-income families who are not recipients of any conditional cash transfer and who were not included in the initial 18 million households who benefited in the first tranche of SAP financial assistance,” said Interior Secretary Eduardo Año in a statement.

Espejo noted that Sarangani is the first province in the region to have released the cash assistance to the PUV drivers and transport group members.

“Sarangani is the first in Region 12 kasi aside from being recognized, madaling i-manage yung mga drivers and transport groups natin dito,” Padua seconded.

“Ngayong araw lang yung iha-hand talaga sa kanila personally yung amelioration, but then yung iba na hindi ma-accommodate ngayon will be digital na,” Padua said in an interview on July 12.

According to Espejo, the succeeding SAP distribution for the left-out families will follow four modes of digital payment, which include Starpay, RCBC, GCash, and PayMaya.

“Dahil nga we avoid physical contact that’s why the government really pushes for giving out cash assistance or SAP thru digital payment, at mabilis pa ito,” Espejo reiterated.

“We have actually paid direct payment sa mga left-out natin na 20,500 beneficiaries para sa mga GIDA areas, ito yung mga hard-to -reach na areas, kasi malalayo sila kaya inuna natin. The rest, there are about mga 120,000 pa. Ito naman ay papay-outan natin thru digital payment. Dun na sila kukuha sa mga cash outlets tulad ng Mlhuillier, Cebuana, and Palawan,” he added.

Espejo also appealed for a “massive information dissemination” to keep the public aware of the SAP digital payment.

“Sasabihin ko sa ating mga kababayan na makipag-ugnayan sila sa kanilang mga munispyo o local na pamahalaan, kasi ipapadala namin doon yung mga listahan at kung papaano sila mag-claim ng kanilang assistance thru digital payment. Ipo-post sa mga conspicuous places ang names ng mga left-outs that can avail of.”

Espejo laid down the process from the submission of the list of left-out beneficiaries down to the release of the SAP aid for transparency.

“All the municipalities dito sa region, merong list ng left-outs na sinubmit certified by the LGU. Then meron kaming different levels ng deduplication, cross-matching, and validation from the region, inter-region, up to the national.”

“Then, another deduplication process is the database from DOLE, SSS, and DA. So kung nakatanggap na sila ng DOLE, definitely hindi na sila makakatanggap ng left-out na assistance ng SAP. So ganun ka-tedious yung process to come up with the clean list,” Espejo said.

Espejo added that a payroll will be made for the said clean list which will then be submitted to the central office.

“Then the central office will coordinate with the bank and Starpay na magpapadala sa atin ng listahan with reference number na. The reference number would be an indication where a particular beneficiary can claim their grant through these cash outlets I have said.”

Espejo clarified “hindi na makakatanggap for second tranche yung nakatanggap na nung first tranche, kasi we are already under MGCQ. Those who can avail of the second tranche are only for areas which are declared under ECQ.”

On the other hand, Espejo commended the leadership of Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon and the cooperation of other local chief executives in the province.

“Salamat at nabigyan kami ng oportunidad na makipagtie-up with our strong and very active na governor, Governor Steve Solon, really for the masses. Pag mga ganitong ayuda para sa mga tao, hindi kami nahihirapan makipagcoordinate kay Gov. Steve kasi nga may puso sya doon sa pamimigay ng mga ayuda sa mga taong nangangailangan,” he said.

“Sa ating mga kababayan, hindi naman perpekto ang ating gobyerno, but we’re here to give what we can do for the people who are really in need of assistance,” he added. (Jori Mae R. Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

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