DILG Commends Honest SAP Beneficiaries Who Waive, Return Cash Aid

DILG Lauds Honest SAP Beneficiaries Who Return Financial Aid

DILG – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Chief Eduardo M. Año commended the SAP Beneficiaries who voluntarily returned cash aid.

Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte released P200 billion for families who are greatly affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The distribution of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) was headed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Senior citizens, low-income households, persons with disabilities (PWDs), single parents, pregnant moms, and overseas Filipinos in distress will benefit the program. The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) told barangay officials to post the list of their SAP beneficiaries.

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In a previous article, Vice President Leni Robredo also urged the DSWD to publish the list of SAP beneficiaries. She said it would help the resident and LGUs to be on the same page.

In Talisay City, Negros Occidental, some residents lied about the information they wrote on the Social Amelioration Card. The residents immediately returned the money to the DSWD office after the warning was filed.

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The DILG released a statement on its official website lauding the honest SAP beneficiaries who returned and waived the money after receiving cash aid from the program. DILG Chief Eduardo Año said Filipinos just showed acts of kindness amid the COVID-19 crisis.

“Their honesty and compassion for their fellowmen in the middle of this crisis show the inherent goodness of Filipinos that shines brighter in the darkest of circumstances like the COVID-19 pandemic kaya napakataas po ng respeto at paghanga ko sa kanila,” said Año.

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According to the report, Eduardo Año said that despite the delay in the distribution of the cash aid, SAP beneficiaries still decided to return the money and suggest to give it to other deserving recipients.

“It is a selfless act in the middle of a public health emergency. Out of honesty and compassion for their fellow Filipinos, they opted to return the excess financial assistance for the benefit of others who need it more,” he said.

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