The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) announced Thursday that it will be serving show cause orders to 43 mayors across the country for having a ‘poor performance’ in the distribution of the emergency cash subsidy under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) to low-income families in their localities.

Interior Secretary Eduardo M. Año said in a statement that the 43 mayors will be asked to explain their poor performance in the distribution of the cash subsidies despite the two (2) extensions of the deadline given to local government units (LGUs) with the latest deadline ending on 12 midnight of May 10.

“While the vast majority of the LGUs were able to distribute their SAP before the deadline leading to a national pay-out rate of 97% yesterday, may ilan pa rin na naiwan, thus, the DILG and the public deserves to know why they failed to complete their distribution,” he said.

Año added that as of Wednesday, 3% of family-beneficiaries nationwide still haven’t received their cash subsidy under the SAP.

The Interior and Local Government chief said that the 43 local government units (LGU) had a 79% and below accomplishment rate as of May 10, the set deadline. Eleven of these mayors are in Western Visayas, 8 are in MIMAROPA, 5 in Central Visayas, 4 in the Davao Region, and 4 in the National Capital Region.

LGUs that had poor distribution rate and did not meet the May 10 deadline were 2 in the Ilocos Region, 2 in Cagayan Valley; 2 in CALABARZON, 2 in Eastern Visayas, 2 Northern Mindanao, and 1 Central Luzon.  (Rommel F. Lopez)