Malacañang assures distribution of 2nd SAP aid even if Bayanihan Law expires

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has assured that beneficiaries of the second tranche of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) will still get their cash assistance despite the non-passage of the proposed extension of the Bayanihan Law in Congress which is due to expire on June 25.

Ang ina-assure ko lang po, iyong mga benepisyo na hindi pa natatanggap ng ating mga kababayan na nakapaloob sa [What I can assure is, the benefits that the beneficiaries have yet to receive under the] Bayanihan Act will be given to them,” confirmed Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque. 

Wala pong epekto kung kailan ang expiration ng law pagdating sa second tranche ng ayuda at iba pang ayuda na dapat maipamigay, [The expiration of the law will not affect the second tranche of SAP as well as other benefits that they should receive],” he added.

Secretary Roque said that the government prioritizes the additional five million families that were not included in the first tranche of SAP.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD), for its part, is validating the list of additional beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, the Office of the President is studying whether there is a need to call for a special session of Congress to enact a law that will extend the Bayanihan Law amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m sure, the Office of the Executive Secretary is studying this matter already pero ang importante po ay magkaroon ng stimulus bill na suportado ng parehong houses of Congress, [but what’s important is to have a stimulus bill that is supported by both houses of Congress],” Roque concluded. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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