Forty-three mayors will be given show cause orders by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for having poor performance in the distribution of the emergency cash subsidy under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) to low-income families in their localities.
DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año that these 43 local chief executives (LCEs) will be made to explain why they had poor performance despite the two (2) extensions of the deadline given to local government units (LGUs) with the latest deadline ending on 12 midnight of May 10.
“While the vast majority of the LGUs were able to distribute their SAP before the deadline leading to a national pay-out rate of 97% yesterday, may ilan pa rin na naiwan, thus, the DILG and the public deserves to know why they failed to complete their distribution,” he said.
“Maglalabas na tayo ng show cause order sa mga naiiwang 43 mayors nationwide dahil sa bagal ng pagbibigay ng ayuda sa kani-kanilang mga constituents. Kasi nga meron pa tayong 3% na mga family beneficiaries ang hindi pa rin nakakatanggap as of Wednesday,” he said.
He said that the 43 LGUs had 79% and below accomplishment rate as of the final deadline set on May 10 midnight.�Eleven of these mayors are in Western Visayas, 8 are in MIMAROPA, 5 in Central Visayas, 4 in the Davao Region, and 4 in the National Capital Region.
Local government units (LGUs) that had poor distribution rate and did not meet the May 10 deadline also include 2 in Ilocos Region, 2 in Cagayan Valley; 2 in CALABARZON, 2 in Eastern Visayas, 2 Northern Mindanao, and 1 Central Luzon.
PNP handles SAP graft and corruption cases
DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya for his part clarified that graft and corruption cases related to the handling of the SAP fund will now be investigated by the Philippine National Police (PNP) - Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and no longer by the DILG field offices.
He said that the Año has decided to transfer the investigation of corrupt practices of barangay officials of SAP from the DILG field offices to the PNP CIDG field offices for the immediate filing of cases since the CIDG has more investigators than the DILG field offices.
“Iyong mga tara, kaltas, splitting at pare-parehas ang pangalan ng nakatanggap ng SAP ay CIDG na ang mag-iimbestiga niyan. Ngunit kung mga violations of social distancing, tinolerate ni kapitan iyong tupada, nagkaroon ng parade o naging pabaya si kapitan sa mass gathering ‘yan po ang may show cause kasi administrative case ‘yan,” he said.
“Si Sec. Año will not tolerate a single instance of graft and corruption. ‘Pag may ‘tara’ (corruption system), may kaltas, merong splitting, pulis na po ang pupunta sa inyo at kung sakaling caught in the act kayo, aresto na po kayo kaagad,” he added.
The DILG Spokesperson said that the public may participate in validating the list of beneficiaries of SAP in their communities by checking the list posted in barangay halls which is also a requirement for LGUs to get the 2nd tranche of SAP to be downloaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
“Iyong compliance ng mga barangay sa pagpaskil ay mataas, 97% ng lahat ng barangay pinaskil ang mga listahan ng kanilang mga benepisyaryo. Kaya nakikita ng mga kababayan natin kung sino ang tiwali dahil makikita mo sa listahan kung mayroong anomalya,” he said