Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Ano on Thursday revealed that the agency has extended the handling of the first batch of financial aid to poor families under the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) in the National Capital Region (NCR) and six other areas in the country for another week or up to 7 May 2020.
The DILG chief said that they decided to extend the deadline that supposed to end Thursday, 30 April, considering the many obstacle’s faced by local government officials, particularly those whose areas has a high density population.
Ano said that aside from NCR, the areas where the distribution of SAP has been extended include the provinces of Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, Bulacan and the cities of Cebu and Davao, saying that by extending the deadline, they want to show the local chief executives of their appreciation to them for exerting efforts in providing assistance to their constituents.
Meanwhile, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista who was also in the same press briefing, reported that as of 29 April, the department has already distributed P80.8 billion worth of funds to 1,515 local government units (LGU) all over the country.
He added that of the 1,631 LGUs nationwide, a total of 104 LGUs have already a 100 percent distribution of SAP.
Presidential spokesman Haryy Roque previously said that LGU who fail to give the first wave of SAP by the end of the month may face administrative and criminal charges.