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Gov’t looking for other sources of SAP funds

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is looking for more funds in a bid to expand the number of beneficiaries of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) to cover “left-out” low-income families excluded from the list of those eligible to get cash aid amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The P200-billion budget for the SAP was enough to cover the P5,000-P8,000 aid to the more than 18 million eligible low-income families belonging to the most vulnerable sector, according to DSWD Social Marketing Services officer-in-charge Irene Dumlao. Dumlao explained that DSWD’s current effort to look into its budget to realign funds for relief activities for the millions of families affected by the extended enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was to allow the agency to give the SAP emergency cash subsidy to the families left out.