Be responsible in posting identities of SAP beneficiaries on social media, NPC urges LGUs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 8, 2021   •   212

MANILA, Philippines—The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has advised local government units (LGUs) to be responsible in posting the identities of Social Amelioration Program (SAP) beneficiaries on social media.

In an advisory, the NPC urges LGUs to “practice transparency with responsibility.”

The agency said that while it understands the accessibility of using social media in reaching out to the public, LGUs should determine which information can be disclosed.

“Public disclosure of personal information should strictly adhere to the principle of proportionality Local Government Units (LGUs) must determine the types of personal data that they will disclose, particularly when the original list of SAP beneficiaries contains sensitive personal information,” the NPC said in a statement.

The NPC advised the local government should be mindful of its “concomitant responsibilities as personal information controllers.” -AAC

SAP 3 posts circulating online, fake news—DSWD

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) clarified that there is no truth to the posts circulating online about a third tranche of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

In a statement, the DSWD explained that there is an ongoing payout for the Emergency Subsidy Program (ESP) which is a provision of Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Bayanihan 2.

The department clarified that the Bayanihan 2 ESP has a set of beneficiaries different from SAP 1 and SAP 2.

“The Bayanihan 2 ESP is a one-time cash grant of P5,000 to P8,000 which is being distributed to low income family beneficiaries who are physically residing in areas placed under granular lockdown,” the DSWD said.

As of December 19, there are 145,025 beneficiaries who received their emergency subsidy under Bayanihan 2. AAC

NPC reminds public to properly dispose shipping labels

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The National Privacy Commission (NPC) is reminding the public to properly dispose shipping labels from their online purchases to prevent incidents of identity theft.

“Shipping labels contain details such as name, address, and contact number. If not disposed properly, pwedeng mapunta sa o magamit ng ibang tao ang data mo (your data might fall into the wrong hands or used by other people),” the NPC said.

Madalas, sa sobrang excitement sa pagdating ng mga pinamili natin online, hindi na natin pinapansin ‘yung pinagbalutan….

Posted by National Privacy Commission on Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The NPC said individuals may cover the details using permanent markers before disposing or shredding it. It can also be recycled to ensure data is protected from malicious individuals. AAC

More public transport drivers receive SAP cash assistance

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 10, 2020

More Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) and Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) drivers affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic have received aid under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

A total of 216,556 drivers have received their emergency cash subsidy under SAP, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“Of the number, some 169,939 TNVS and PUV drivers come from various parts of the country while 46,617 are residents of areas declared under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) on May 1 and May 2,” the DSWD said.

The cash subsidies of the drivers were distributed through the digital scheme with DSWD’s partner-Financial Service Providers (FSPs) such as GCash, Paymaya, Starpay, and several bank branches across the country.

Meanwhile, the DSWD is validating its list to prevent any duplication of names.

The department also said that drivers who are not included in the list but are eligible to receive aid are referred to concerned DSWD Field Offices for inclusion to the roll of SAP waitlisted beneficiaries. -AAC

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