A solon disclosed Thursday that the economic managers of President Rodrigo Duterte have already decided to realign the unused funds from the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) to boost the government’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) program.

This was revealed at the House of Representatives’ four-hour-long deliberations on the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)’s proposed P171.22 billion budget for 2021.

“Yung sinasabi na P10 billion savings, a portion of that has been disbursed, naibigay na. Ang naiwan na lang is around P6.5 billion, and according to our financial managers, yung P6.5 billion was realigned for AICS to help vulnerable sectors, yung mas may kailangan na indibidwal. For the second tranche, they are already claimed by the beneficiaries of SAP,” said Negros Oriental 1st District Rep. Jocelyn Sy Limkaichong, Vice Chair of the House Committee on Appropriations.

Last month, DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said they are keeping in touch with the economic managers, led by Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, to ensure that its untapped P10-billion SAP funds will be properly spent and reach the intended beneficiaries.

DSWD is awaiting the green light from the economic managers before it could utilize the unused SAP funds for the implementation of its Livelihood Assistance Grant (LAG) program.

Under LAG, DSWD will provide cash assistance to beneficiary-families, provided that at least one family member is an informal economic worker whose livelihood, occupation, or work, has been affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).


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