“We still have no guidelines as to who could receive the SAP second tranche,” said Macapobre. This province allocated P429,936,000 for its 18 municipalities during the first tranche of the SAP.The cash assistance helped 71,656 beneficiaries who received P6,000 each.(With a report from PNA/PN Last week, DILG-Antique director Cherryl Tacda endorsed the request to DILG regional office after receiving it on June 2. SAN JOSE, Antique – Local authorities in this province want its residents economically displaced due to coronavirus disease 2019 crisis to be included in the second tranche of cash aid under the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP). Beneficiaries of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) in Sibalom, Antique wait to claim their financial assistance of P6,000 each during the first tranche of distribution last April. The provincial government hopes its residents will be included also in the second tranche of SAP. ANTIQUE PANTAWID SIBALOM VIA PNA For her part, DSWD regional director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre said during a virtual presser last week that they are waiting for the guidelines on the second tranche of SAP. “The power to approve the grant of SAP second tranche rests on the President of the Philippines and on the central offices of concerned agencies,” she said.The second tranche requested by the provincial government is intended especially for its residents who did not receive the first tranche of the cash assistance. The provincial government has sent a request letter to the central offices of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Residents of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are frustrated with the services offered by the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) since the region is plagued with very long periods of unscheduled power outages.The residents are even more frustrated since they are left in the dark without any explanation from GPL or the Government as to when the new power plant at Anna Regina will be completed to provide them with uninterrupted service.Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt told Guyana Times that he is very disappointed with the Public Infrastructure Ministry for not updating the region as to when the new power plant at Anna Regina will be completed and become operationalised.As such, he is calling on Government for answers as to the present state of affairs at the Anna Regina Power Station which is way beyond schedule.The Region Two economy is struggling since the businesses are tremendously affected.The Regional Chairman said the staff at the power station, especially the engineer, Michael Haley, is trying his best to keep the old system working but he is now facing a lot of difficulties with the standby generators which do not have the capacity to operate around the clock.An Essequibo Coast rice miller explained that the Government need to do something urgently since the current crop is almost ready to be harvested and as such, the millers will be forced to use their standby generators which will be more costly for them.Due to the weather pattern, millers will have to use their dryers instead of the sunlight for drying their paddy which will depend heavily on electricity.