By MARK FRANCISCO
THE Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the government will be handed out in four phases, according to Cagayan de Oro City social welfare and development officer Michael Christopher Fabello.
The first phase started Thursday (April 23) in hinterland barangays of the city.
Fabello said that due to large numbers of people they cater (113,206 families all in all), they cannot distribute the payouts door to door.
Thus, city schools superintendent Cherry Limbaco allowed the use of public school campuses within the barangays covered by the CSWD SAP payouts in their designated days.
Fabello clarified that they are still enforcing social distancing during the payouts and only those with barangay exit passes are allowed to proceed.
He also clarified that beneficiaries during this first phase are those who qualify under the conditional cash transfer but are not yet 4Ps beneficiaries yet i.e. poor and near poor. They will fill out the SAP forms on the spot and receive the payouts in return, totaling P6,000 for each beneficiary-family.
By Friday (April 24), the CSWD team will cover the first district downtown barangays and by Saturday (April 25), all barangays in the second district will be covered.
The second batch of the amelioration will be for those under the Listahanan 2015 of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Fabello again clarified that although this Listahanan was conducted in 2015 and validate4d in 2018, it has already been updated and endorsed by the city government to DSWD for cross-checking and listing.
The third wave will be for the beneficiaries of DAFAC or the disaster assistance family access card. Qualified under DAFAC are the vulnerable poorest of the poor, irregular earners (indigents), porters, scavengers, (habal-habal, trisikad and motorela drivers) and ambulant vendors.
The fourth batch are for those who have applied for the COVID-19 intake card under DSWD’s appeal system. Qualified to apply under this scheme are those who have not been included in the earlier batches but who deem themselves as qualified to receive social amelioration in this crisis.