PRRD to gov’t officials: Hasten distribution of SAP or risk facing sanctions

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President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered government agencies to simplify the distribution process and “do away with delay” in releasing financial assistance for COVID-19 impacted families.

Duterte wants the government cash assistance program to reach the intended beneficiaries immediately, as he will not hesitate sanctioning responsible officials for the inefficient rolling out of the program.

“What I would like to happen is this: Simplify the giving of the money by asking for a proposal, then that proposal should not be studied by days or by months. You just review it and if it says that it’s for food, you give it because it’s for food, kakainin ‘yan,” he said during his nation’s address.

“And all assistance connected with the health of a person o ano, ibigay ninyo (give it to them). Do away with delay,” he added.

The national COVID-19 task force has already been tasked by Duterte to oversee the fund disbursement of the program. 

Duterte also gave a warning to government officials about the possibility of facing criminal and administrative sanctions if they fail to perform their duties properly.

“The Ombudsman can suspend you anytime. With strong reasons or with weak reasons, that has to be seen but he has that power,” he said.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.