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Erring officials on SAP distribution charged

Francis Wakefield

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Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año revealed that 157 cases have already been filed in court against local government officials who were involved in anomalies in the distribution of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

In his report to President Rodrigo Duterte during the meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), Año said 60 others are still under investigation for alleged anomalies in the distribution of SAP.

The DILG chief also noted that since 11 June, a total of 1 335,711 families (4Ps beneficiaries) have been given with financial aid through the efforts of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

SAP is a cash emergency subsidy program (ESP) for 18 million Filipino families whose lives are greatly affected by the ECQ. It’s mandated by the new law, the Bayanihan To Heal As One Act, which was signed by the President last 25 March 2020.

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