By Joseph Almer Pedrajas
About half of Caloocan City’s 400,000 families might not receive cash from Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) social amelioration program as Mayor Oca Malapitan said that the financial aid from the national government is not enough to cover all its residents.
Malapitan on Tuesday disclosed that according to the DSWD, it can only accommodate more or less 200,000 beneficiaries from the city. This means, the remaining families would only wait in vain for cash aid.
“Napakalaki noon para ibigay ng local [government] ang kakulangan…almost P1.5 billion na ‘yun…Hindi kaya,” Malapitan said over phone interview, admitting that the city could not provide for the remaining families who will not receive financial assistance.
Malapitan said that barangay officials will be the ones to decide who will be qualified for the DSWD’s program.
“Ang sa amin implementasyon lang [ng programa]. Ibibigay ang mga form sa barangay captain. Sila magdidistribute ng forms,” Malapitan said.
Malapitan expressed fear that families who will not receive cash aid from the agency might take to the street, so local government officials will try its best to relay their concerns to the national government.