Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go is urging concerned authorities to expedite the delivery of the Supplemental Amelioration Program (SAP) to low-income families who have been impacted by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
In a statement, the senator said that families who are residing in areas under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until 11 April should immediately receive aid to help them cope with the stricter quarantine measure.
“We have to speed up the distribution of aid, since the ECQ was extended,” said Go.
A total of 22.9 million low income Filipinos or 80 percent of the population residing in the National Capital Region (NCR), Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal are set to benefit from the newly-approved assistance.
Affected local government units (LGU) have been given the authority to decide if the aid will be given in cash or in kind and qualified individuals will receive P1,000 in assistance with a maximum of P4,000 per household.
Previously, the senator appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado and other concerned national agencies to initiate another round of amelioration to address the rising cases of food insecurity in the wake of the pandemic.
The President on 29 March approved the SAP — with a total of P22.9 billion from the balance of the Bureau of Treasury’s certified sources under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act — and the validity of which was extended until 30 June 2021.
Go also urged the Departments of Social Welfare and Development and Interior and Local Government to work together and in coordination with the affected LGU so that distribution is as seamless as possible.
The senator also appealed to the Department of Budget and Management that there should be no delay in the immediate release of funds to LGU for the SAP.
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