The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Caraga assessed the off-site payout of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) for waitlisted or left-out families conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga in various barangays of Butuan City on July 29, 2020.
For this round of distribution, the SAP financial aid amounting to P5,000 was given either through direct cash payout or through digital payment by a financial service provider engaged by the DSWD. These modalities are improvements from the methodology utilized during the previous distribution to ensure a safer yet more efficient way of releasing such subsidy amid the continuing threat of COVID-19.
“We want to ensure the utmost success of the distribution of the financial aid to the left-out beneficiaries of SAP in the region. Hence, DILG-Caraga initiated the conduct of an assessment during the distribution in select barangays in Butuan City to see to it that health protocols are still strictly observed,” DILG-Caraga Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion explained.
The apparent and very commendable efforts of the barangay officials in facilitating the conduct of the payout factored in the success of the activity. Likewise, the presence of uniformed police personnel ushered the strict observance of the basic health standards and procedures.
As DSWD-Caraga sought to cover all of the targeted beneficiaries on time, DILG-Caraga worked in tandem with DSWD and the local government units (LGUs) to ensure the attainment of the target while simultaneously guaranteeing that social distancing measures were stringently implemented to secure the safety of everyone.