ILOILO City – The DILG Region 6 expressed its commitment to support the investigation of reports and complaints relative to the implementation and distribution of grants under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the national government in Western Visayas.
In a meeting with the Police Regional Office (PRO) 6, its arm Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Regional Field Unit 6, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 6 on May 15, 2020, DILG Regional Director Ariel O. Iglesia said that while the Department is not an investigating body, it is committed to provide any support that may be requested by the DSWD and the CIDG-PNP as they investigate complaints and cases relative to SAP.
RD Iglesia assured that the Department can be tapped to assist in data gathering and to secure documents from barangays and local government units (LGUs) that may aid the CIDG-PNP or the DSWD during their validation or investigation.
The Regional Director has already directed City/Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (C/MLGOOs) to secure final copies of the list of SAP beneficiaries in barangays within their areas of responsibility to hand over to their respective local police stations should there be a need.
It can be recalled that the DILG ordered Punong Barangays to post in conspicuous areas the final list of SAP beneficiaries for transparency and assurance that the selection has been done squarely.
The PNP, DSWD and DILG also agreed to hold weekly meetings to discuss important updates on the investigation of SAP-related cases, address lingering concerns and avoid duplication of investigation, among others.
The initial meeting on May 15 was held to clear out confusion on investigation matters and ensure uniformity of understanding on SAP-related issuances. It was attended by RD Iglesia, PLTCOL Uldarico A. Garbanzos, OIC of the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division, PRO 6; PLTCOL Gervacio O. Balmacida, Jr., OIC, CIDG Regional Field Unit 6; and DSWD 6 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre.
Legal Unit heads and staff of the DSWD and DILG Region 6 were also present in the meeting.
The NGAs have received numerous concerns and complaints relative to SAP during and after the course of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the region, ranging from issues on inclusion or exclusion to alleged cutting down of the amount of grants for beneficiaries. While some of these reports have already been addressed accordingly, others are still subject to verification or investigation.