No SAP 3rd tranche will be implemented under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Law enacted by Congress, the Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista announced. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will instead release a new relief assistance program catered to low-income families which the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted.
The new relief assistance will be implemented under the Bayanihan 2 program of the government in return of there being no SAP 3rd tranche for any longer. The relief assistance is due to RA 11494. As per Bautista, no SAP tranche will follow. Instead, the plan of the Philippine government is to help all of those who are in need.
Based on Republic Act 11494, the agency will implement programs to help low-income families affected by the pandemic.”
New Assistance Programs
The law calls for the implementation of an emergency subsidy as well as a livelihood assistance program completely exclusive from the already existing programs.
This is so more people, such as the poor and marginalized families, would be able to receive help from the government starting with assistance to indigents in crisis situations, their provision of food and non-food items, and supplementary feeding program for day care children. It will serve as a kind of an extended arm to those who are in dire need of help and assistance; but, it’ll only be for those who really have nothing to spare.
However, Bautista clarified that the assistance programs which the Bayanihan 2 covers is not SAP. The new program will not be a continuation of the previous program, further emphasizing upon the fact that no SAP 3rd tranche will be released anymore.
New beneficiaries and assistance will be distributed instead to make up for the no SAP 3rd tranche.
Guidelines For the New Assistance Programs
Guidelines for the implementation of several programs and services under RA 11494, or An Act Providing for COVID-19 Response and Recovery Interventions and Providing Mechanisms to Accelerate the Recovery and Bolster the Resiliency of the Philippine Economy, have already been prepared.
DSWD’s regional Field Offices, along with other local government units, are still trying to find and identify the beneficiaries of the would-be relief programs. Bautista said that the complete details of these new assistance programs from the Philippine government will be announced and released by next week.
Complete details will be announced next week.”
Moreover, he said that the second SAP tranche has been issued to 13.96 million families amounting to P83.46 billion.
The DSWD has identified a totality of 14.1 million families as beneficiaries for the second tranche SAP. This is a great number and in fact, it’s big help to millions of households in the entire country.
SAP 3rd Tranche
The DSWD previously stated that the department is ready should the lawmakers decide to push forward the third SAP tranche as it only implements orders given by authorities.
Rene Glen Paje, in a conference, said that this’ll be based on the decision that they will craft. Akin to other governmental agencies in the country, the DSWD duly implements its orders only from higher authorities. It doesn’t create its own memos.
The decision should we come forward with a third tranche for SAP depends on lawmakers. DSWD merely implements orders from our authorities.”
However, as to date, there exists no SAP 3rd tranche. So, all hopefuls can halt hoping to receive a 3rd tranche of the SAP as of this moment. because no mention of it being possible has been written in the books.
What do you think about the no SAP 3rd tranche available for release? Will the new relief programs be able to cater to millions of families during the coronavirus pandemic? Could this really help out low-income families in their battle against the infamous Coronavirus disease and at the same time, unemployment?
The far cry of the poor and the needy is slowly being answered by the Philippine government. But, they are yet to create and to craft plans that would carry out the effectiveness and the efficiency of these assistance programs to those who need it. Should you be part of the demographic that is in need for such an assistance, take note of the date – next week.
Let us all wait and hope that there’ll be a way for the government to help out tens of thousands of people who have been in their grandest battles within the past few months.
Source: The Philippine Star