As of yesterday morning, 61,204 SAP beneficiaries or 77 percent of the identified 79,215 beneficiaries were able to receive their cash assistance of P6,000 each, data from the City Social Welfare Development Office (CSWDO) showed. * senior citizens The city government here, however, plans to ask for another extension. ILOILO City – Today is the last day of the one-week extension given to local government units (LGUs) to finish distributing the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) cash assistance. Treñas admitted it would be difficult to complete the SAP cash assistance distribution today. * pregnant women According to Treñas, social distancing being implemented to stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019, is a factor. What’s slowing down the distribution? Another, he said, was the additional beneficiaries just recently included in the list of SAP targets. * persons with disability “Nagabira-bira kita, aga kag hapon ang pagpanagtag…ko pwede asta sa gab-I para malagas ang target nga maubos tanan nga barangay,” said Mayor Jerry Treñas yesterday. Iloilo City has 180 barangays. In the whole Western Visayas as of yesterday only 40 LGUs were able to complete their SAP cash distribution, DSWD Region 6 data showed. “I already signed the letter requesting the DILG and DSWD for another extension,” he said. The region has 133 LGUs. The 40 LGUs were in the provinces of Guimaras (five), Antique (14,) Capiz (12), Negros Occidental (six), and Aklan (three). * workers in the private sector observing “no work, no pay” (provided they have not availed themselves of the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program of the Department of Labor and Employment)./PN Beneficiaries of the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) cash assistance gather at the covered gym of La Paz district in Iloilo City to get their money. Observing social distancing in this setting is very difficult. Today, May 7, 2020, is the last day of the one-week extension given to local government units to finish distributing the cash assistance. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * sub-minimum wage earners * lactating mothers * informal workers * overseas Filipino workers in distress In DSWD’s SAP guidelines, eligible for cash assistance are low-income families with members belonging to vulnerable sectors such as the following: * solo parents * farmers, fishermen (provided they are not recipients of assistance from the Department of Agriculture) * drivers of pedicabs, tricycles, taxis, public utility buses, and public utility jeepneys * occasional workers like househelpers * homeless The deadline was originally on April 30 but due to the slow distribution by the LGUs, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) agreed to give a one-week extension. * micro-entrepreneurs
… promises upgrade to National Track and Field FacilityMINISTER of State, Joseph Harmon, pledged government’s fullest support for the National Schools athletics, swimming and track & field championships, calling it “an investment into the future,” as the curtain came down on the 57th edition of the games.“By providing better facilities, we are allowing our young people to shine and to set new standards,” Harmon said during his short but candid address at the closing ceremony last evening.It was the first time in the history of the games that the championships took place on Guyana’s lone synthetic track, and Harmon promised “next year, when you come, we’ll have better facilities here (at Leonora). I’ve already spoken to the manager Mr (Trevor) Williams, Mr Christopher Jones (Director of Sport) and Minister (George) Norton.”“I must say that as athletes, you represent the future of Guyana, you represent the health of our nation, and I want to encourage you to make healthy choices in your life, because you, as athletes are the ones to make us proud,” Harmon said.Harmon also brought kudos from President David Granger, who he said was impressed by the performance of the athletes and the organising of the game.District 10 won the event for the 16th time last evening, since it started in 1959.
Day two of the Lane Kiffin era was nearly identical to day one — lots of second teamers, lots of intensity and a heavy emphasis on discipline.The Trojans still have more than a dozen players out of action, giving many of the second teamers an opportunity to get their reps in.“It was a really good opportunity for those guys that need double reps to get better,” said coach Lane Kiffin.Those second teamers filled in at a variety of positions, including center when junior Kris O’ Dowd went down with a knee injury. Details on the injury were sparse, but O’Dowd was held out of practice the rest of the day. He was expected to see a doctor soon after practice.“We obviously don’t want to push him through, it being spring practice,” Kiffin said.That same sentiment was extended to junior tight end Blake Ayles, who was held out of Tuesday’s practice.Ayles participated in limited drills, but most of the tight end reps went to senior David Ausberry and fourth-year junior Jordan Cameron. Kiffin described the two as “the number one and two tight ends right now.”Ausberry, a wide receiver for the last three seasons, was moved to tight end because the injury to Ayles and redshirt junior Rhett Ellison catching mononucleosis. The move is permanent for now, according to Kiffin, because “we just don’t have the numbers.”Besides moving players to new positions, the team added 14 new walk-ons yesterday, and may be hosting an additional tryout in the future.—The intensity present on day one remained, in part thanks to a new special teams drill.“It’s a kickoff-kickoff coverage drill,” special teams coach John Baxter said.The first-year coach is looking to inject some intensity into special teams drills that usually lack it. The team was divided into four tribes, like in the TV show Survivor. The teams compete against each other and against themselves for points.“The person with the least amount of points, the team as a whole has to vote them off,” said senior running back Allen Bradford, the captain of team Atlas.As the captain, Bradford is responsible for maintaining the team flag, an elaborate drawing of Atlas holding up a football-shaped Earth. The competition encouraged by the game is designed to bring the team and the staff together, said defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.“Once we get to the fall, there’s only one flag that matters, and that’s the one with the ’SC on it,” Baxter said. The intensity built in the special teams drill was present throughout the defensively dominated practice.—Practice ended with the traditional 11 on 11 scrimmage, highlighted by redshirt junior defensive tackle Da’John Harris tipping a Matt Barkley pass and subsequently intercepting it.“I’ve been dreaming about that play since I got here,” Harris said. “It was too perfect.”