San Juan mayor assures cash aid for qualified households excluded from SAP

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 28 2020 04:44 PM | Updated as of Apr 28 2020 07:34 PM

Locals queue up outside a supermarket in San Juan amid the enhanced community quarantine on April 20, 2020. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora on Tuesday assured qualified residents affected by the coronavirus crisis that funds are in place to assist them.

In a Facebook post, Zamora said the allocation from the national and local governments for San Juan households qualified for the Social Amelioration Program amounts to P307,944,000.00.

The government launched the SAP as lockdowns were implemented since mid-March to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), preventing millions from earning a living.

According to Zamora, the funds include the 2-month worth of SAP at P260,944,000 intended for 16,309 beneficiaries, who as per guidelines set by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, are entitled to receive P8,000 per month.

The city is also tapping the P25 million Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) fund for 4,655 qualified households who did not make it to the final list of SAP beneficiaries as assessed by the DSWD.

Each will receive P5,370.00 for cleaning and sanitizing their homes and surroundings for 10 days.

For other qualified beneficiaries who are not included in the first two fund allocations, the city has the P20 million Public Assistance Center (PAC) Standby Fund.

"Ang pondong ito ay siya ring pinagkukunan ng mga tulong pinansyal at medikal na may kinalaman sa COVID-19 kasama na rito ang libreng cremation," reads an info card that came with Zamora's post.

The last source of funding is the P2 million DSWD Financial Assistance.

"Sa lahat po ng qualified households o kabahayan na hindi nakapasok sa SAP, may ibang pondo po tayo na maibibigay sa inyo. Hindi man ito kasinglaki ng SAP, ito po ay makakatulong pa din sa inyo," Zamora said.

"Ito po ay on a per household basis at hindi po on a per family basis para mapakinabangan po ito ng lahat ng kabahayan na pasok sa pamantayan ng DSWD," he added.

The city mayor added that they are carefully studying the names of beneficiaries to prevent duplication.

The government has extended the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and select provinces until May 15 to further slow down the spread of the virus.