Cops to help ensure SAP payees use subsidy wisely in Western Visayas

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Policemen and barangay peace officers (tanod) are a big help in monitoring communities to ensure that Social Amelioration Program (SAP) beneficiaries would spend their cash subsidy wisely, the top regional social welfare officer said on August 27, 2020.

WISE SPENDING. DSWD-7 Regional Director Rebecca Geamala (right) urges the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) beneficiaries to spend their cash subsidy wisely, during the payout in Tuburan, Cebu on Aug. 23, 2020. Geamala on Thursday (Aug. 27, 2020) said PNP members and barangay peace officers can help in their campaign to ensure that beneficiaries spend their government cash subsidy wisely. (Photo courtesy of DSWD-7)

Rebecca Geamala, Department of Social Welfare and Development-Region 7 (Central Visayas) director, said she keeps on reminding SAP beneficiaries during their payouts to use the cash assistance for the necessities of their family.

In Tabogon, northern Cebu town, Geamala strongly urged the beneficiaries during the payout last Sunday to avoid wasting their cash benefits on vices.

“The money that you (beneficiaries) would be receiving should not be used for gambling for drinking and for smoking. This is for your children,” she said in a statement.

The agency, she said, will not just distribute the cash subsidy to the less fortunate listed under the government’s SAP but will keep on reminding them to utilize the money for food and education, especially now that children are preparing for the new learning modalities.

“With the help of the PNP (Philippine National Police), we can assure that our beneficiaries will not throw their money into vices. Their constant patrols to the communities and their police visibility will deny them of the chance to gamble and drink,” she also said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency.

The town of Tabogon has 1,297 waitlisted beneficiaries who received the emergency cash aid of PHP12,000 each for the first and second tranches.

Ceperino Garcia Jr., one of the beneficiaries in Barangay Manlagtang, Tabogon, expressed his happiness and gratitude, saying that the amount is a great help for his family.

“Dako kaayo og epekto ang pandemya sa among panginabuhi ug sa among pamilya. Kining kantidad dako na nga tabang sa konsumo saakong pamilya (The pandemic has greatly affected our livelihood and our family. This amount could keep us sustain our family’s needs),” Garcia was quoted in the DSWD-7 statement as saying.

As of this report, 61,446 left-out or waitlisted families in Cebu province have received the emergency cash assistance in the first and second tranches while the provinces of Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor have a total of 18,000 families who only received the first tranche since they were already under general community quarantine last May.

Geamala thanked the local government unit, barangay officials and the PNP who “untiringly provided their services” and for preparing and securing the venue for the SAP payouts. (PNA)

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