Family Lost Her 10 Years Ago, But Woman’s Name Appears on DSWD Masterlist for SAP

A family had a good laugh after discovering that someone they lost some 10 years ago actually appears on SAP masterlist of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The Social Amelioration Program (SAP) is a financial aid program designed by the government to help provide for the needs of the country’s less fortunate families and vulnerable individuals in need of assistance.

Because it aims to give out the cash aid as quickly as possible so that the families can have something to use amid the crisis, the program banks on data from the DSWD. This is the reason why 4Ps beneficiaries got their money many days ahead of the others.

But even as the DSWD scrambled to send out the limited forms they have on hand, many relied on their masterlist to make the process faster. While this worked for most people, it brought some problems or some funny moments.

Photo credit: Radyo Bandera Sweet FM – Dumaguete / Facebook

For example, a family in Barangay Bugo, San Remegio, Antique discovered a loved one’s name on the list. That would have made them feel happy, except that they had already lost her some 10 years ago!

According to Radyo Bandera Sweet FM – Dumaguete, crediting rbsfm Bacolod, their family member Nene Eden Victoriano was on the DSWD list. Since she could not receive the money now, the family shared a photo taken of her grave. The headstone clearly shows the woman’s name.

While it was an amusing anecdote, many netizens were not impressed. Some think that this could grounds for corruption since late citizens such as Eden remain on the list.

But the story is also a wakeup call for the DSWD to update its database on a yearly basis.

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Posted by Radyo Bandera Sweet FM – Dumaguete on Sunday, April 19, 2020