A militant group organization on Tuesday has backed the call of Metro Manila mayors on the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to use the original lists of target beneficiaries for aid on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
In a statement issued, ACT Teachers party-list Representative France Castro said the quota system that the DSWD has set limits the number of families that will benefit from the social amelioration program and prevents the delivery of assistance to the widest number of poor families.
“Amid a national emergency, government should not hinder the delivery of aid to its people, instead, government should target providing aid to majority of its people in need,” Castro said.
“Delayed na nga ang aksyon sa pagbibigay ng ayuda sa mga manggagawa at mahihirap nating mga kababayan, nililimitahan pa ng Duterte administration ang bilang ng mga makakatanggap nito. Wala ba kayong tiwala sa mga LGU?” she added.
The Metro Manila Council has issued a resolution urging the DSWD to reinstate the original numbers of target beneficiaries after the department’s assessment reduced them to almost half.
Because of this, Castro urged the DSWD and the Department of Finance to restore the original numbers.
She said the list of the Metro Manila mayors are more updated than those of the two departments which came from the 2015 census.
“The LGUs are being trapped by the Duterte administration as it puts blame on the local governments in the delivery of socio-economic aid, while the poor continue to suffer due to the negligence and inaction of the national government,” she said.
Castro said it is only right that the national agencies listen to call of the local governments to include more poor families in the delivery of financial aid./Stacy Ang