DILG lauds 828 LGUs for completing SAP payout ahead of deadline

Marje Pelayo   •   May 6, 2020   •   305

MANILA, Philippines — Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Wednesday (May 6) lauded the efforts of 828 local government units (LGUs) across the country that have completed the payout of the first tranche of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) cash aid to poor families in their localities and have met the deadline.

Good job sa ating mga LGUs na naipamahagi na sa mga mahihirap na pamilya ang SAP cash subsidy (Good job to LGUs who have completed the distribution SAP cash subsidy to poor families),” he said.

“Pinapatunayan lamang nito ang inyong pagmamalasakit sa inyong mga constituents, (It just proves that you really care for your constituents),” he added.

Secretary Año, however, urged local executives of the 828 LGUs to liquidate immediately. 

Ang next challenge sa inyo ay makapag-liquidate kaagad (Your next challenge is to immediately liquidate) and account for our each centavo of this taxpayer’s money to the DSWD,” he added.

LGUs that completed SAP distribution on deadline includes:

  • 56 – Cordillera Administrative Region; 
  • 38 – Ilocos Region; 
  • 31 – Cagayan Valley;
  • 36 – Central Luzon;
  • 63 – CALABARZON;
  • 62 – MIMAROPA;
  • 70 – Bicol Region;
  • 114 – Western Visayas;
  • 52 – Central Visayas;
  • 95 – Eastern Visayas;
  • 71 – Zamboanga Peninsula; 
  • 17 – Northern Mindanao; 
  • 26 – Davao Region; 
  • 65 – Caraga.

Meanwhile, LGUs who have not yet completed the payout were ordered to work double time as many of the beneficiaries are severely affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. 

“One moment of delay or inaction means additional hours of suffering of poor families in your localities.   Let us not keep them waiting and let us show them that the government truly cares for them,” he said.

SAP distribution for provincial LGUs ended on May 4, 2020.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila LGUs as well as the provinces of Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, Bulacan, and Cebu and Davao City were given until May 7 to complete the payout in consideration to the areas’ high-density population. 

Tricycles, sidecars still banned on national highways, DILG clarifies

Robie de Guzman   •   June 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Tricycles and pedicabs are still prohibited from traversing national highways in all areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) clarified on Friday.

The DILG said it issued the clarification following a consultation with Secretary Eduardo Año, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, and Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.

The statement follows Roque’s announcement on Thursday that tricycles and sidecars will be allowed on national highways to augment limited public transportation.

“Nililinaw po ng DILG na bawal pa rin ang tricycles at pedicabs sa national highways kahit pa nasa GCQ o MGCQ level na ang ilang lokalidad,” DILG spokesperson and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in a statement.

“Bago pa man magsimula ang pandemya ng COVID-19 corona ay ipinagbabawal na ito ng batas para na rin sa kaligtasan ng publiko,” he added.

Aside from Republic Act No. 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, the DILG previously issued Memorandum Circulars (MCs) 2020-036, 2020-004, 2011-68, and 2007-11 prohibiting the operation of tricycles and pedicabs on national roads and prescribing the operating conditions and franchising of tricycles.

Malaya said that only road clearing operations are suspended due to novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, and that the power to prohibit tricycles from national highways lies on local government units (LGU) as provided by the law.

In the same statement, Año reiterated that tricycles are only allowed in secondary roads and that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has directed these vehicles to only carry one passenger and no back-ride will be allowed in all GCQ and MGCQ areas.

The DILG chief also reiterated Roque’s pronouncement that mayors may not give authorization in allowing back ride in GCQ and MGCQ localities in line with the directive of the IATF.

“Ibayong pag-iingat pa rin po ang ipinapatupad kahit pa GCQ o MGCQ na. Batid man ng gobyerno ang daing sa transportasyon ay kailangang manguna pa rin ang pagsunod sa physical distancing at iba pang health safety protocol dahil hindi pa naman po nawawala ang banta ng COVID-19. ‘Di pa tayo puwedeng maging kampante,” Año said.

“Ang pamamasada ng tricycles sa secondary roads ay konsiderasyon sa mga tricycle drivers na nakasalalay ang kabuhayan dito subalit kailangang sundin ang mga pag-iingat na bahagi na ng ating ‘new normal’,” he stressed.

Malaya also emphasized that tricycle drivers must wear face masks or face shields, gloves, and allow only one passenger per trip in observance of physical distancing, except during medical emergency wherein the patient needs to be accompanied.

The DILG likewise reminded LGUs that all forms of public transport vehicles, terminals, and facilities should be regularly disinfected.

To observe physical distancing, the department directed all public utility vehicles (PUV) to only ferry 50% of their seating capacity.

Physical distancing must also be implemented in the queueing for boarding the vehicle and upon entering the terminal premises.

Malaya also said that transportation for medical frontline workers should be continuously provided.

“Priority shall be given to medical frontliners in terms of access to public transportation, which should include free transport services, provision of government transportation, and priority in terminals and in PUVs,” he said in reference to MC 2020-083.

DILG tells 43 mayors to explain poor SAP payout performance

Robie de Guzman   •   May 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said it has issued show cause order against 43 mayors for having “poor performance” in the distribution of the government’s emergency cash subsidy for low-income families heavily affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

In a statement issued Thursday, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said these local chief executives will be made to explain why they failed to complete the distribution of cash assistance under the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) despite the two deadline extensions given to local government units (LGU).

“While the vast majority of the LGUs were able to distribute their SAP before the deadline leading to a national pay-out rate of 97% yesterday (May 13), may ilan pa rin na naiwan, thus, the DILG and the public deserves to know why they failed to complete their distribution,” he said.

Año added that the 43 LGUs recorded an accomplishment rate of 79% and below during the May 10 deadline. Eleven of these mayors were from Western Visayas, eight were from MIMAROPA, five were from Central Visayas, four were the Davao Region, and four were from Metro Manila.

Other LGUs that had poor distribution rate and failed to meet the May 10 deadline also include 2 in Ilocos Region, 2 in Cagayan Valley; 2 in CALABARZON, 2 in Eastern Visayas, 2 Northern Mindanao, and 1 Central Luzon.

The DILG initially set April 30 as the deadline for the completion of SAP payout to the intended 18 million family-beneficiaries but it was extended to May 10 and then to May 13 as requested by LGUs.

The department said the investigation into graft and corrupt complaints related to the distribution of SAP will be handled by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group for the immediate filing of cases.

“Iyong mga tara, kaltas, splitting at pare-parehas ang pangalan ng nakatanggap ng SAP ay CIDG na ang mag-iimbestiga niyan,” the DILG said.

“Ngunit kung mga violations of social distancing, tinolerate ni kapitan iyong tupada, nagkaroon ng parade o naging pabaya si kapitan sa mass gathering ‘yan po ang may show cause kasi administrative case ‘yan,” it added.

DILG to issue show-cause order against LGU officials who failed to beat deadline on SAP payout

Marje Pelayo   •   May 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will issue a show-cause order against local government units (LGUs) that failed to finish the distribution of cash aid from the Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said SAP aid distribution across the country is already at 88.43 percent which translates to a total of 1,204 LGUs that completed the task as of 9:00 p.m. on Saturday (May 9); a day before the deadline.

Malaya said the government may demand from LGUs to return the remaining amount of aid.

“Under the MOA between the DSWD and the LGU, the DSWD has the right to demand the return of the undistributed money,” Malaya said.

The region that achieved 100 percent of SAP payout rate is CARAGA Region followed by Regions 5, 12 and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) respectively.

Malaya noted several factors that led to the delay in payouts.

Confusions with the SAP form were resolved immediately he said, but there were grave violations that merit legal proceedings.

Medyo mabibigat ang graft and corruption kaya ang sa graft ay ine-endorse namin kaagad sa CIDG [Graft and corruption are grave offenses which is why endorse cases of graft to the CIDG],” he said.

“Kasi pag graft and corruption gusto namin may criminal charges din na i-file [We will file criminal charges against grave offenses like graft and corruption],” he added.

LGUs that were not able to completely comply with the directives on SAP distribution are given 15 days or up to the end of May to submit their respective liquidation reports.

LGUs that fail to do so will no longer be entitled to the second tranche of SAP cash aid. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)


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