Senator Lacson asks: Where’s the P30-B of SAP?

Senator Lacson asks: Where’s the P30-B of SAP?

Senator Ping Lacson

By Junex Doronio

STRESSING THAT IN MILITARY TACTICS, correct assumptions lead to success, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson has wondered aloud where the P30-billion of the Social Amelioration (SAP) went.

Lacson theorized that the Duterte administration seemed to be following a strategy of three stages, emergency strategy, recovery strategy, and what they call resiliency in 2021.

“Emergency started in March and ended in May. Recovery is where we are right now, from June to December. Resiliency is for the 2021 budget. That’s why I asked NEDA Sec Karl Chua yesterday during our budget deliberation. Ang analogy kasi is nagpapalakas na lang, vitamin at home for the resiliency stage. Now they themselves admitted that we cannot have the vaccine until 3rd quarter of next year, which is October. So how can we assume?” Lacson asked.

Apparently voicing what he had learned as a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), Lacson explained that even in military tactics, a lot of the success of a mission has to do with assumptions.

“If we assume wrongly it could cause loss of lives. The same principle applies to our economy and the health condition of our country,” Lacson said.

The senator cited that even in the distribution of SAP, the P389B allotted by Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to the different agencies, P359B was only spent.

“And I was inquiring where the P30B spending gap has occurred. Which agencies have sacrificed which sectoral beneficiaries? Kasi P30B is P30B. And since we are at a stage when we are addressing a health issue which is the pandemic, bakit nagkulang ng paggasta ang ating agencies?” Lacson further asked.

The senator from Cavite said he wanted to know where the P30B went.

“Since P389B had already been allotted to the different agencies, meaning released to the agencies, why these agencies failed to disburse the aggregate total of P30B. Kasi marami pang nagrereklamo na LGUs, barangays, I talked to them, na hindi pa umaabot sa kanila ang SAP if at all. Kung umabot man, kulang, 40%, 50%, 60%. Kung may naiwanang P30B under Bayanihan 1, bakit di nila dinisburse?” Lacson fumed.

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