By Argyll Geducos
The national government has appealed to those belonging to the formal sector to not take advantage of the social amelioration program, and instead volunteer to pass on the emergency subsidy if they are better-off and can manage until the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is lifted.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles made the statement after Manila City Hall ordered a barangay chairman from Tondo to explain why 29 people supposedly from his household were listed as recipients of aid for people affected by the ECQ.
In an interview over Super Radyo DZBB, Nograles reiterated that only one member of the household can avail of the emergency subsidy from the government.
“Hindi naman pwede ‘yun. Mahiya naman po tayo sa ibang nangangailangan,” he said Sunday afternoon.
(You cannot have more than one beneficiary in one household. Let’s be ashamed to those who are really in need.)
“Tulong ito ng gobyerno para makakain po ang bawat household, para mas marami ang matulungan, kasi kung saswapangin natin, paano ‘yung ibang mga kapitbahay natin na nangangailangan?”
(This assistance is given by the government so each household can eat and so that we can help more people, because if we are greedy about this, what will happen to our neighbors who really need it?)
Nograles likewise asked those who are better-off than others to pass on the emergency subsidy and let others benefit from the social amelioration program.
“[Kung] kaya mo namang abutin hanggang sa dulo ng ECQ, sacrifice mo na lang ‘yun para sa ibang mga kapitbahay mo na nangangailangan,” he said.
(If you can manage until the ECQ is lifted, please sacrifice your slot to your other neighbors who are in need.)
“Kung ikaw ay nasa formal sector, alam mo namang nasa formal sector ka, bakit ka naman makikisali sa informal sector?”
(If you know you belong to the formal sector, why would you include yourself in something that is for the informal sector?)
Nograles explained that those belonging to the formal sector can ask for assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through its COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP).
“Nasa formal ka, tapos alam mong makukuha ka na rin mula sa DOLE, tapos sasabihin mo doon sa misis mo, ‘Ikaw informal sector ka, humingi ka roon kay kapitan o kay mayor.’ Walang ganyanan,” he said.
(You’re from the formal sector and you know you’ll get something from DOLE, don’t ask your wife who belongs to the informal sector to ask for assistance from the local government anymore. Let’s have none of that.)
“Nasa krisis tayo… Kung makikiagaw ka pa sa informal sector, na-deprive mo yung ibang tao. So ganoon na lang ang pakiusap natin.”
(We are in a crisis. If you compete for assistance with the informal sector, then you will be depriving them of assistance. So that’s our appeal.)
Nograles enumerated the people belonging to the informal sector and who are entitled to the assistance from the government. He said these are the families assessed to be the most affected, given their existing life situations or circumstances with at least one member belonging to any of the following vulnerable or disadvantaged sectors:
- Senior citizen;
- Person with disability;
- Pregnant and lactating women;
- Solo parent;
- Overseas Filipinos in distress or those who cannot leave the country or repatriated because of COVID-19;
- Indigents and indigenous peoples;
- Underprivileged sectors and homeless citizens;
- Grab drivers or vehicles subject to ride-hailing service including Angkas and Joyride bikers;
- Occasional workers or directly-hired workers contracted to do work on an irregular basis, subcontracted workers, ‘pakyaw’ workers;
- Home workers, home-based processing;
- Househelpers, family drivers;
- Drivers of pedicab, tricycle, PUJ (public utility jeepney), UV(utility vehicle), PUV (public utility vehicle), and taxi;
- Micro-entrepreneurs including sari-sari store operators;
- Small retail food production and vending including carinderia, vegetable vendors, ambulant vendors, ready-to-wear ukay-ukay;
- Sub-minimum wage earners like dishwashers and carinderia helpers; and
Employees affected by no-work-no-pay policy not covered by DOLE.