Heeding the request of Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, several institutions provided their buses to ferry thousands of Social Amelioration Program beneficiaries to the City Treasurer’s Office even on holidays and weekend.
Assistant City Administrator Dr. Dinno T. Depositario, Chief-of-Staff of Mayor Remollo, said that aside from the buses of the City Government, Vallacar Transit Incorporated, Silliman University, Negros Oriental State University and Metro Dumaguete College deployed their vehicles to help fetch the SAP beneficiaries to demonstrate their concern and cooperation for an orderly and safe distribution of the financial assistance by batches for easier crowd management and in keeping with social distancing policy. Only those with face masks and priority numbers can board the buses that are provided with free disinfectant alcohol.
Distributing the SAP benefits in the barangays would encourage residents, even those found not to be qualified, to overcrowd in their gyms or barangay halls and potentially compromise the security of the cashiers who could only transact with a specified number of claimants at any given time.
Inquiries, disputes and complaints can be heard and responded to in the barangay halls where the officials are present so that the actual distribution of SAP benefits can go on safely and unhampered in the City Treasurer’s Office.
The City Government certainly appreciates the generosity and cooperation of the institutions in this time of public health emergency caused by COVID-19.