- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) received up to 2,000 complaints against barangay officials
- The complaints are related to the distribution of cash subsidies under the social amelioration program (SAP)
- The agency said most of the complaints centered on barangay officials prioritizing relatives and political allies
- There were also complaints about barangay leaders charging a P2,000 "processing fee" and poor residents who were not included in the list of beneficiaries because they only resided in a particular barangay after 2015
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) received thousands of complaints against barangay officials as issues about financial aid distribution surface in the midst of community quarantine.
The agency said on Sunday, May 3, that they gathered up to 2,000 complaints related to the issuing of cash subsidies under the social amelioration program (SAP).
According to The Philippine Star, DILG said most of the complaints centered on barangay officials prioritizing relatives and political allies in the distribution of financial assistance.
“'Yan ang mga reklamo sa atin, ‘yung daw pinipili ni kapitan puro kamag-anak puro kaalyado,” DILG Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Dino said in an interview.
They moreover received complaints about some barangay officials asking a P2,000 "processing fee" for the subsidy’s availment.
The DILG also heard complaints about poor household members who were not included in the roster of qualified recipients because they only resided in a particular barangay after 2015.
In a previous report by KAMI, a barangay chairman in Laguna bravely posted in public places the names of his constituents who are on the list of SAP financial assistance beneficiaries.
According to the Philippine Information Agency, SAP is a cash emergency subsidy program for millions of Filipino families whose lives are greatly affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). It is mandated by the Bayanihan To Heal As One Act, signed by the President last March 25, 2020.
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