‘Use ‘bottom-up’ approach in cash aid distribution’ — Sen. Lacson

Published April 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Mario Casayuran

Senator Panfilo M. Lacson urged the adoption of a bottom-up approach to ensure the proper distribution of cash grants to needy families.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)
Sen. Panfilo Lacson
(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)

He asked for a reconciliation of the substantial differences in government data on who are entitled to receive the cash grants that are sourced from the P275-billion fund authorized by the Bayanihan To Heal As One Act of 2020 in addressing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This came on the heels of a growing number of complaints on who should be given cash grants.

“They should reconcile the wide gap between the (data of) the Department of Finance and the Department of Social Welfare and Development that is based merely on projections and the data generated by the local government units derived from community-based surveys which are more accurate and updated,” Lacson said.

“A bottom-up approach should be adopted instead of a top-down method subject of course to validation by the national agencies concerned,” he said.