DSWD-6 to LGUs: Door-to-door SAP payout is safer

first_imgResidents of Iloilo City’s Jaro district gather at Jaro Plaza to receive P6,000 cash assistance each from the national government’s Social Amelioration Program. Are they observing social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease? A door-to-door payout is safer, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “Reports reached us that there are local government units (LGUs) conducting payout without following safety protocols. We would like to remind them and the beneficiaries as well that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) remains a threat,” said Macapobre. Based on Memorandum Circular 09 Series of 2020, one mode of delivery allowed by the agency is door-to-door. Another is through distribution points. She repeatedly made the call in the agency’s virtual presser since mid-April. “Everyone, both implementers and beneficiaries, must wear a mask and there should be a one-meter distance between persons,” she further stated. “However, when conducting payout through distribution points, this must be in very small groups only,” said Macapobre. As of 8 p.m. on May 4, all 133 LGUs in the region had either completed or started payout in their areas.center_img A total of 688,497 family beneficiaries were already able to receive their SAP cash grant amounting to P4.1 billion. The director added that, “There should be a hand-washing area. Soap and running water must be available. It is also recommended that alcohol and sanitizers will be made available.” ILOILO City – Door-to-door delivery of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) cash assistance is still most preferred, stressed the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 6. “We cannot compromise the safety and health of the people,” said Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre. “As we help each low-income family thrive in this pandemic, let us always put their safety as a paramount consideration,” said Macapobre. (DSWD-6/PN)last_img