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2nd SAP public hearing: After submission of LGU 2nd tranche beneficiaries, SAP aid to be completed in 1 week — DSWD

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said the second tranche distribution of the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) financial aid will be completed within a week after the list of beneficiaries is finalized by local government units (LGUs).

During the second public hearing of the House of Representatives Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability on July 7, 2020, DSWD Undersecretary Danilo Pamonag said the once the department receives the final submission of the names of qualified beneficiaries from LGUs, DSWD could complete the distribution of SAP aid to a particular LGU in a period of one week.

The DSWD is working on a “deduplication” process of cleansing the 1st tranche list of beneficiaries to ensure that the 2nd tranche is free from duplicates.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said they have traced around 48,000 beneficiaries who received double subsidies for the SAP and there were also ineligible and questionable included in the list.

“Once the names are submitted and deduplicated, then we will proceed with the digital payment,” Pamonag said.

DSWD Undersecretary Aimee Neri said the department has already started the distribution of the 2nd tranche of SAP cash aid. As of July 5, 2020, Neri said 1.38 million beneficiaries in Cebu and Metro Manila have already received the SAP aid.

Neri said the DSWD has signed a multilateral agreement with various financial service providers (FSPs), including GCash, Paymaya, StarPay, and Robinsons Bank for the digital payment of SAP.

“For every deduplicated list of beneficiaries submitted to the DSWD, we immediately paid out. As for the clean list beneficiaries that were provided to the central office, we shared (the cash aid) already to the financial service providers,” Neri said.

“The (final) list of beneficiaries is still at the ground level. We are reminding those on the ground to facilitate or hasten the submission of names,” Pamonag said.

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