Sen. Sotto Wants SAP Transparency

Sen. Sotto Wants SAP Transparency


Globe Recreates The Way You Learn With Special Promos

Globe introduces special Go promos for students and the GoTOK series to make quality learning and self-improvement accessible for everyone online and in real life!

Roma Point Bridge Construction In Full Swing With Republic Cement Support

Expected to be the longest bridge in Calabarzon, the Roma Point Bridge, also known as the Alabat Bridge, will be 1.7 kilometers long upon completion and will connect Alabat Island to mainland Quezon province.

Specialty Pulp Manufacturing Inc. Chooses 100% Clean Energy From EDC

Agriculture-based manufacturing company SPMI is now being powered by clean, renewable, reliable energy from EDC!

1st ARISE Virtual Annual General Membership Meeting Focused On Business Resilience

ARISE Philippines discusses the need to focus on key priority areas in its advocacies on disaster risk reduction in its first virtual Annual General Membership Meeting.

Citing the need for transparency as mandated under the Bayanihan We Heal as One Act, Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Friday called for the publication of the names of individuals who have received the government’s cash aid under the Special Amelioration Program (SAP).

Sotto, who co-authored the Senate version of the law, noted complaints from low-income workers and members of vulnerable sectors as reported in numerous media channels.

“Marami tayong naririnig na reklamo na hindi umano natanggap ng mga taong dapat ay kwalipikadong makakuha ng cash assistance na pinayagan ng Kongreso sa ilalim ng Bayanihan Act. Kaya ang tanong natin ngayon, sino-sino na ba ang nabigyan ng gobyerno? Bakit marami ang nagrereklamong hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa nila nakukuha ang ayuda na nakasaad sa batas?” Sotto said.

Sotto urged the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to upload in its website the names of the persons who have already received the P5,000 to P8,000 cash assistance and the areas already covered since the distribution of the money aid started.

“The DSWD has the masterlist of those who have already benefited from the SAP. It should make public the names of the recipients for the sake of transparency,” he said.

The disclosure, he added, will assure the public that the cash grant has indeed been distributed and duly received by qualified beneficiaries.

Sotto noted that in the latest report submitted by President Duterte to Congress in compliance with the requirements set under the Bayanihan law, it was only mentioned that the DSWD has disbursed P80 billion of the P100 billion allotted for the SAP for the month of April. There were no other details related to the distribution of the assistance, such as the total number of recipients, areas distributed and a breakdown of the amounts given to recipient barangays/local government units.

“Nakukulangan ako sa report, hindi kumpleto. Kailangang malinaw sa aming mga mambabatas at sa publiko kung paano ibinahagi itong perang ito. Kulang sa detalye ang ipinasang report sa Kongreso,” he said.

Aside from transparency, the Senate leader said the public disclosure will allow lawmakers to identify possible loopholes or errors in the distribution system adopted by the DSWD.

It will likewise show abuses, if any, committed by local and national social welfare executives, who are in charge of determining who are the qualified beneficiaries.

“Sa panahon ng krisis, mahalagang siguruhin natin na hindi naaabuso ang sistema. Political patronage should be set aside during this difficult time. We should all work together to ensure that government is not hoodwinked by abusive leaders,” Sotto stressed.

Photo Source: Facebook/teamsottoako

DSWD Completes Assessment Of 14.4M Poor Families For Listahanan 3

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says they have completed assessing the 14.4 million poor families included in the initial list of the third-round of assessment of the “Listahanan 3” or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction.

Global Coronavirus Cases Surpass 40M

The number of the COVID-19 cases in the world has surpassed 40 million on Monday.

Air Pollution Adds Over 6.67M Deaths To Toll In 2019

Is the world really healing? According to the report, the positive effects you noticed this quarantine are only temporary as, with restrictions lifted, emissions have risen quickly, erasing any gain in air quality.

PCG Improves ‘Manual’ COVID-19 Testing For Returning OFWs

The Philippine Coast Guard has made improvements to its “manual encoding” of RT-PCR tests to ease the experience of returning overseas Filipinos.

DOTr: No Contract Awarded Yet On NAIA Expansion Project

“Allow us to set the record straight, once and for all, that there is no contract awarded yet, or any agreement decided upon, on the NAIA Expansion project,” said DOTr Undersecretary for Planning Ruben Reinoso Jr.

Gov’t To Allow Non-Essential Outbound Travel Starting Oct. 21

Non-essential travel is finally allowed again!

Bello: DOLE Eyes Lifting Temporary Suspension On Deployment Of HCWs

The Department of Labor and Employment is looking at lifting the temporary suspension of deployment of health care workers abroad, but with conditions.

New P170-M US Aid To Protect High-Risk Communities Vs. Disasters

This assistance would focus on communities in Metro Manila and the provinces of Northern Samar and Maguindanao that are highly prone to frequent earthquakes, typhoons, and floods.

La Union Farmers Get P7-M Farm Machineries

The Department of Agrarian Reform has turned over different machineries to agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations in La Union.

Gatchalian To Online Platforms: Take A Hard Line Stance Vs. Merchants’ Deceptive

Mag-ingat po tayo sa ating mga binibili online.