Tagum City — 36,965 Tagumenyo families will be benefiting from the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the Philippine national government, thru the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The LGU is set to start the cash distribution on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at the various school gymnasiums located at the barangay that will be facilitated by the different departments of the City Government of Tagum.
More or less P220 million will be given to the qualified Tagumenyo families for the said financial aid from the government.
The identification of these families resulted after a thorough validation conducted by teams composed of LGU-Tagum employees, Tagumenyo teachers-volunteers and DSWD personnel, together with the people from PNP-Tagum, AFP, and Security Management Office.
Based on the guidelines crafted by the DSWD as the implementing agency, priorities to receive the cash aid are those people whose source of income was halted due to the enhanced community quarantine, as well as indigent solo parents, farmers, fishermen, ambulant vendors, indigent Lumads and persons with disabilities (PWD).
The City’s team of validators started braving the heat and enduring long walks on top of the threat of contracting COVID-19 last April 18 to fast track the distribution of the assistance longed and needed by the people.
The validated recipient families will receive Php 6,000 twice. First will be in the last week of April and the second one will be in the second week of May.
On the other hand, Mayor Allan L. Rellon assured those who will not be receiving the SAP aid to be prioritized in the city government’s food assistance.
Further, he encouraged everyone to follow the protocols set by the local government to avoid catching and spreading this cannot be seen coronavirus.
Lastly, Mayor Rellon gave warning that the long arm of the law will definitely stretch to capture and arrest people planning to sabotage the LGU’s effort in fast-tracking the distribution of the essential needs and assistance to every Tagumenyo and flattening the curve of COVID cases in the city.
The cash emergency subsidy program of the national government, orchestrated by the DSWD, is offered to the most severely affected citizens, during the global pandemic faced by the world today. JP Cordovero/CIO Tagum