Baguio institutes system to address complaints regarding aid distribution

BAGUIO CITY — The city government of Baguio has set up a system to address complaints about the distribution of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) and improve its implementation in the barangay level.

Mayor Benjie Magalong issued new directives to barangay officials today to speed up the process and address complaints of unfair distribution of SAP assistance by barangays officials. Starting April 11, barangay officials are required to regularly post a list of recipients in their barangay halls.

The list, according to the mayor, should be regularly updated and posted either in the social media pages of the city or barangay social media pages and posted in public places in the barangays.

Barangay councils are also required to include 3-5 well-respected persons from the community to sit in the screening committee of the beneficiaries list, to ensure no irregularities in the process.

To ensure that no needy household is overlooked, the City Social Welfare and Development Office is requiring barangays to use Form 200 in profiling all families to identify those who are qualified for assistance. 

“There are instances that some families who used to have financial resources before the lockdown are no longer capable today so we have to profile everyone,” City Social Welfare and Development Officer Betty Fangasan said.

To speed up the process, the mayor said all Form 200 sheets containing the profiles of the families will be consolidated and will be deliberated on by the screening committee.

The mayor said the city is deploying more teams from the city government and volunteer groups to validate the beneficiaries in the barangay raw list.

He added that the city has also tapped private schools like the St. Louis University and the National Institute of Information Technology to augment city personnel and speed up the recording of beneficiary information and come up with a database of the vulnerable families in the city.

Officials who violate these requirements will be dealt with accordingly, Magalong warned, admitting that he is fed up with complaints he has been receiving daily.  He appealed to the barangay heads, “Please, let’s do it right this time.”

Around 45,000 families of the city’s 93,000 total households stand to benefit from SAP in the city with cash aid of P5,500 monthly for two months (April and May). Baguio City has received an allocation of P247 million for the SAP. The city has so far released a total of P4,090,000 financial assistance to 757 beneficiaries in 28 barangays.