By Cip D.C. Cabrera
Con-current budget and management secretary Amenah Pangandamanan. (Photo: BusinessWorld)
SAN MIGUEL, Manila — A Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) amounting to PhP2 billion has already been issued by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to augment the government’s programs of assistance for those in difficult circumstances, including crisis situations.
According to budget secretary Amenah Pangandaman, the latest SARO was approved on August 8 and has already been released to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for outright allocation and disbursement.
“Ang pondo ng taumbayan, dapat pong mapakinabangan rin ng taumbayan lalo na sa oras ng peligro. The release of this fund is a big help to our kababayans who are caught in difficult situation,” Pangandaman pointed out.
“Maganda ang timing ng karagdagang pondong ito. Gusto nating tulungan ang DSWD para makapagbigay ng tulong at proteksyon sa mga pamilyang nangangailangan,” she added.
The budget chief explained that the DSWD’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) forms part of the Protective Services for Individuals and Families in Difficult Circumstances (PSIFDC).
“AICS is a provider of integrated services, which include financial assistance for transportation, medical, burial, food, and other support services, which are given to individuals and families in a crisis situation,” she said.
As of June 30, 2022, the AICS program has served over 1.5 million clients, thus exceeding its annual target of around 1.4 million. Around 642,348 remaining clients are projected for 2022.
“Patunay ito na binibigyan prayoridad ng pamahalaan ang pagtulong sa mga vulnerable at disadvantaged sectors. Hindi lip service and sinabi ng Pangulo na walang Pilipino ang maiiwan,” Pangandaman concluded. (ai/mtvn)