Zamboanga City starts distribution of cash aid to poor families


The Zamboanga City government has launched the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWS) Social Amelioration Program (SAP) with over 400 families as initial beneficiaries receiving a total of P2 million.

The program was unveiled Saturday, April 11, with 356 families in Lumbangan and 82 in Lumayang as first beneficiaries of cash aid.

Prior to the payout, the City Social Welfare Development Office (CSWDO) led an orientation Thursday , April 9, followed by the house-to-house distribution of SAP cards by purok.

“A total of P410k was disbursed in Lumayang and P1.68M in Lumbangan,” the city government said.

Prior to the distribution of cash assistance, the city government offices and the DSWD jointly conducted the validation of the list of qualified beneficiaries.

“The target beneficiaries that included senior citizens, solo parents, PWDs (persons with disability), OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) in distress, indigent IPs (Indigenous Peoples) and underprivileged sector and homeless citizens, were identified based on initial listing submitted by barangay officials and validated by the CSWDO,” the local government said.

It said some families did not qualify during validation but the list will be submitted to the DSWD for consideration.