To ensure transparency in the identification of beneficiaries for the government's Social Amelioration Program (SAP) amid the enhanced community quarantine, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) directed barangays to post the list of beneficiaries in prominent public places like the barangay hall.
“We want the process of identifying the target beneficiaries under the SAP to be transparent,” DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said in a Saturday statement. “Hence, we have directed all our punong barangays to post the master list of beneficiaries in strategic areas in their barangays so that the residents will also be informed if they will receive the said financial assistance from the government.”
“Napakaimportante na ihayag ang listahan para maliwanagan din ang mga mamamayan at maintindihan nila na kailangang unahin ang pinakamahirap na pamilya na walang-wala na talagang mapaghuhugutan sa gitna ng krisis na ito,” he added.
The DILG Secretary said that it is also important for barangays chairs to fully disclose the list of beneficiaries so that residents will be able to give them feedback if they think they should be part of the list.
“Ang intensyon din natin dito ay para masiguro na kompleto at tama ang listahan ng mga barangay. Kung mayroon mang kulang o mali sa listahan, maaari itong aksyunan ng city o municipal government o ipagbigay-alam sa DSWD,” he said.
The DILG had earlier received reports from field offices on the lack of transparency in the distribution of SAC forms and assistance to target beneficiaries.
“Kung maayos naman ang proseso sa pamimigay ng SAC form at ng kaukulang assistance, wala namang dapat itago. Ipaskil natin ang listahan para walang basehan para magreklamo at magduda ang ating mga kabarangay,” he said.
Among the conspicuous public places where LGUs can post the list of target SAP beneficiaries are the barangay hall, city/municipal hall, social center, gymnasium, auditorium, transport terminal, public market, health station or center, hospital, and other similar public places. — DVM, GMA News