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Speaker Cayetano wants simplified, efficient distribution of SAP aid

Cayetano wants simplified, efficient distribution of SAP aid
By Filane Mikee Cervantes
MANILA – Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday said the House of Representatives would help identify the most efficient way for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to distribute the financial assistance under the government’s social amelioration program (SAP).

During the joint hearing of the House committee on good government and public accountability and the committee on public accounts, Cayetano said the processes should be streamlined and the requirements should be simplified to ensure that the benefits under the SAP would not be delayed.

“At the end of the hearing, ang gusto marinig ng tao (the people want to hear): how and when can we get the best assistance in the fastest way, with the most simple or simplest process and the least requirements. And we will you hold accountable – the bureaucrats that simply don't get it,” Cayetano said.

He noted that the general issues regarding the SAP implementation include the following: tedious processes, too many requirements, inadequate, slow, insensitive to vulnerable sectors such as persons with disabilities and seniors; corruption; high-risk of contracting coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19); duplication of beneficiaries; and other complaints posted on social media or covered by mainstream media.

Aside from streamlining processes and simplifying requirements, Cayetano maintained the need for house-to-house distribution, a transparent data monitoring system, an accessible grievance mechanism, and active coordination and communication among all stakeholders.

“Our objective for the hearing is simple - Congress wants to help DSWD fulfill the mandate given to them by the President, to assist the Filipino people in times of crisis,” he said.

The House hearing seeks to look into the distribution by the DSWD of the first tranche of SAP worth PHP100 billion in financial aid for 18 million low-income households under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. (PNA)

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