More local government units (LGUs) in Western Visayas have already completed the distribution of cash assistance under the Social Amelioration Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre said 102 LGUs have already completed their SAP payout as of 8PM on Tuesday, May 26.
These include the following 26 LGUs in Negros Occidental: Bacolod City (Capital), Binalbagan, Cadiz City, Calatrava, Candoni, Cauayan, EB. Magalona, Escalante City, Himamaylan City, Hinigaran, Hinoba-an, Ilog, La Carlota City, La Castellana, Manapla, Moises Padilla, Murcia, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, San Carlos City, San Enrique, Sipalay City, Talisay City, Toboso, Valladolid, and Salvador Benedicto.
In Iloilo, the following 21 LGUs have also completed their distribution: Ajuy, Anilao, Balasan, Barotac Viejo, Batad, Bingawan, Calinog, Concepcion, Dumangas, Estancia, Leganes, Lemery, Maasin, Mina, New Lucena, Pototan, San Enrique, San Miguel, San Rafael, Sara, and Zarraga.
Seventeen LGUs in Antique also recorded 100% distribution. These include the following: Anini-y, Barbaza, Belison, Bugasong, Culasi, Tobias Fornier, Hamtic, Laua-an, Libertad, Pandan, Patnongon, San Jose, San Remigio, Sebaste, Sibalom, Tibiao, and Valderrama.
For Capiz, 14 LGUs have also completed their payout. These include Cuartero, Dao, Dumarao, Jamindan, Ma-ayon, Mambusao, Panay, Panitan, Pilar, Pontevedra, President Roxas, Sapi-an, Sigma, and Tapaz.
The following towns in Aklan have also finished their payout: Altavas, Balete, Batan, Buruanga, Ibajay, Lezo, Libacao, Madalag, Malay, Nabas, New Washington, Numancia, and Tangalan.
All the five towns of Guimaras: Buenavista, Jordan, Nueva Valencia, San Lorenzo, and Sibunag, have also completed their payout.
Apart from the mentioned LGUs, six others have also completed their payout but with a lesser number of beneficiaries compared to their original target.
These LGUs are Dingle and Badiangan in Iloilo, Ivisan and Dumalag in Capiz, Victorias City in Negros Occidental, and Makato in Aklan.
“We commend these LGUs for completing the payout fast. This means genuine concern for the people to thrive during this time of crisis,” said Macapobre.
The regional director meanwhile added that majority of the remaining 31 LGUs with unfinished payout is already nearing completion.
The LGUs with ongoing payout include 21 towns in Iloilo, five in Negros Occidental, three in Aklan, and one each in Capiz and Antique.
The regional director however reiterated that all LGUs are given only until Wednesday, May 27 to finish their SAP distribution.
“We really want all LGUs to finish their distribution already,” she added.
As of Tuesday, a total of 1,114,936 family beneficiaries who are non-Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program members have already received their P6,000 cash assistance or 96.63% of the region’s non-Pantawid target.
To note, DSWD 6 has a total of 1,153,784 target SAP beneficiaries.
In total, the agency has paid out P6,689,616,000 SAP assistance through the LGUs.
Aside from non-Pantawid beneficiaries, a total of 320,354 Pantawid families have also received their SAP assistance from the DSWD with a total amount of P1,489,646,100 as of May 25.