CAGAYAN de Oro City--The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) filed anti-graft charges against nine village (barangay) officials in Northern Mindanao in connection with the distribution of the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP).
Col. Harold Ramos, CIDG regional director in Northern Mindanao, said that some officials came from Baungon in Bukidnon and Bulua in Cagayan De Oro City.
He said that the village officials have reportedly violated the government’s SAP program that provides financial assistance to the displaced families due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The government, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) allocated P 945 billion under the SAP where qualified beneficiaries belonging to the low-income group would receive P 6,000 to P 8,000.
On orders of President Duterte, the CIDG filed criminal charges against disqualified public officials that include village officials, mayors, and government officials who have reportedly availed of the financial aid.
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