* there were many changes (inclusions) in the list of beneficiaries * barangay captains were very measured in identifying/listing beneficiaries * social distancing, which must be observed during the release of the emergency assistance, slowed down the process “Mabagal ang pagbibigay ng ayuda sa kani-kanilang mga constituents,” according to Año. “While the vast majority of local government units were able to distribute their SAP before the deadline leading to a national payout rate of 97 percent yesterday, may ilan pa rin na naiwan. The DILG and the public deserve to know why they failed to complete their distribution.” Treñas said he was ready to explain the delay to the DILG and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). These were the following: Thursday last week, DILG secretary Eduardo Año said 11 mayors from Western Visayas would be issued show cause orders. The city government failed to beat these deadlines. As of yesterday, some 3,000 beneficiaries were yet to receive their emergency cash assistance of P6,000 each. He further said, “Delay gid kay gin-include naton ang kabataan sang mga 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries. Ginpadugang pa gid ang waay kakuha sang assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment.” * the Development Bank of the Philippine ran out of cash * dearth of cashiers at city hall * there were lots of SAP beneficiaries in the city – 79,215 “Nagahulat ako padal-an sang sulat,” he said. The SAP deadline was originally April 30. This deadline was extended twice – first on May 7 then on May 10. Around 18 million low-income families were targeted to receive the SAP cash subsidy ranging from P5,000 to P8,000 for two months as mandated by the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (Republic Act 11469)./PN ILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñas expects to receive a show cause order from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) asking him to explain the slow distribution of the national government’s emergency cash assistance under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP). “Ang mga kapitan gusto nila nga indi sila magsala kay sila ang maigoan,” said Treñas.
Blake wants to cruise in an RV across Australia. Lachlan thinks the idea is dreadful. Lachlan loves listening to Taylor Swift. Blake thinks she’s awful. The Edwards brothers are two of USC’s top aquatic athletes. But though they share a love for the sport and for each other, they couldn’t be more different.Blake is a 23-year-old junior transfer from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. Lachlan is a 20-year-old sophomore who was recruited by USC straight out of high school and spent last year playing for the Trojans.The two have spent many years playing water polo together. They grew up by the pool, as their mother and father represented Australia in swimming and water polo, respectively.Blake started playing water polo as a 12 year old, when his older brothers began their careers, and Lachlan started at the same time as an 8-year-old. The two are the third and fifth brothers in a family of aquatic athletes.Five of the brothers started for the same Melbourne Collegians club team in what was a season unlike anything most athletes or siblings could ever hope to experience.“For me, it was one of my most memorable water polo experiences — that camaraderie that we developed from knowing each other,” Blake said. “It was just a really rewarding experience to be out there and to share something with your brothers.”Both brothers are members of the Australian National Team, so they have been able to travel to many places in Asia and Eastern Europe. However, one place water polo had never taken the Edwards’ before USC was the United States.Their perception of America was taken straight from Hollywood. Blake confessed he loved watching the TV show The O.C.“My dream is to have a girl on the back of my bike, riding on the boardwalk,” he said.Not only are the two countries’ cultures different, but both brothers also acknowledged that the transition from Australian universities was very challenging because the student body is much more disengaged and the learning more theoretical on their home continent.“I find that the way it’s set up here with everyone on campus sets up more opportunities to network and meet people,” Blake said. “The learning is much more engaging and enjoyable.”Though the brothers are good at coexisting in the pool, they aren’t so used to being forced to do so outside of it. Currently, Blake and Lachlan are sharing a room, something they haven’t had to do since before they were five.“We fought a lot more back home. Usually he is the grumpiest man back home, and I’m always annoying him … now that we’re in the same room, he hasn’t really got a choice,” Blake said. “We’re still in the honeymoon stage.”Even the honeymoon stage of a relationship has its tense points, though. Blake described a wrong turn he made in L.A. that gave him an eye-opening look at some of the more interesting parts of Los Angeles. Lachlan shook his head and expressed how happy he was that he missed out on that quasi-adventure.And though the brothers share a room, they do not share a taste in music.“You listen to all crap, like all ’80s stuff,” Lachlan said to Blake. “There’s a time and a place for that, and he cannot pick when that should be played.”Blake responded disapprovingly by telling his brother that he listens to a lot of teenage girl music.“It’s the best stuff,” Lachlan replied.When their time at USC comes to a close and the brothers are back down under, both would like to spend time seeing more of Australia, however Blake’s desired surfing road trip in an RV isn’t for everyone.“That’s where we’re the opposite,” Lachlan said. “It’d be good to see that stuff, but a year in a truck with him, I don’t know about that.”In the meantime, the brothers said their biggest goal is to win a national championship for USC, something they said their connection might help them to do.“I seem to find him a lot easier,” Blake said. “I don’t know if it’s because of the size of him but that’s the way it’s always happened. I understand him and his abilities a lot more, and he understands mine as well.”The brothers will continue their water polo career together, both in and out of the pool. They will look to lead USC to another national title, something they say shouldn’t be too hard.“There’s no one closer than your family, so when I’m successful and able to share it with him, it’s something I can’t describe,” Lachlan said. “Seeing him be successful and play well, you get the same feeling if it was you doing it.”