BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – On second day of distribution today, 18 April, more than 3,200 low-income families from 11 barangays in Bacolod have received their P6,000 Social Amelioration Program (SAP) grant from the DSWD, also known as Emergency Subsidy Program, for the month of April, at distribution rites in various barangays, a press release from Bacolod City PIO said.
On the first day of distribution yesterday, more than 5,800 beneficiary-families from 19 barangays have received their P6,000 SAP grant.
The distribution of cash grant was facilitated by the City Treasurer’s Office and the Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD), with the assistance of the DILG, BCPO, and BFP.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia had ordered the release of the SAP grant of P6,000 each to 98,143 beneficiary-families, or a total of P588,858,000, from 61 barangays starting 17 April.
The DSWD has set the SAP grant at P6,000 per month per qualified family for two months, to be doled out in two tranches – one within April, and the other within May. Thus, qualified families will receive a total of P12,000 within two months, as mandated by RA 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One” Act.
Leonardia is reminding the beneficiaries to strictly practice the wearing of “facial masks” in public gatherings, and strictly observe “social distancing” when lining up to claim the SAP grant.
The mayor has also instructed the DSSD to schedule the distribution of grant systematically to avoid confusion and minimize the inconvenience due to the summer heat.*/CITY PIO