Robredo urges DSWD to lift their suspension of programs giving cash aid to the poor

Published March 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday urged the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to recall the temporary suspension of the cash aid for the poor.

Vice President Leni Robredo (OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Vice President Leni Robredo

“Kung ititigil ng DSWD ang pamimigay ng ayuda, mapipilitan ang marami na lumabas para kumita ng pambili ng pagkain, gamot, at iba pa nilang pangangailangan,” she said in a statement.

(If the DSWD will stop giving aid, many will have to leave their homes to work to buy food, medicines, and their other needs.)

“At hindi mapupunan ang kawalang ito ng ibang programa tulad ng Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations na muli pang kailangan applyan,” Robredo added.

(And this lack cannot be filled up by other programs like the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations, to which people need to apply again.)

The vice president slammed the temporary suspension of the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, Unconditional Cash Transfer, and Conditional Cash Transfer under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

The 4Ps program, which has been touted as the government’s solution to poverty in the country, provides financial assistance to poor households to improve their lives.

The DSWD is the lead agency that implements the programs for the poor in the country, but these were suspended during the 30-day community quarantine in effect in Metro Manila.

The agency suspended the cash aid for under its guidelines, signed by DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista, in line with government efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Without the cash aid, Robredo pointed out that people will be forced to leave their homes and work, defeating the purpose of the quarantine.

”Kailangang limitahan ang mga tao sa lansangan. Ito ang isa sa pinakamabisang paraan para maampat ang pagkalat ng COVID-19,” she said.

(We should limit the people on the streets. This is an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.)

The vice president also called on the DSWD to provide social safety nets for the poor instead of suspending the financial assistance while the capital region is under quarantine.