By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo urged the Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD) to address concerns over the apparent delay in the distribution of cash aid to needy families affected by the enhanced community quarantine measures.
“Ang daming katanungan, na hopefully, in the next few days, mabibigyang-kalinawagan ng DSWD,” she said.
(There are a lot of questions that, hopefully, in the next few days, would be clearly answered by the DSWD.)
The gaps in the cash aid distribution to families in need may add to the growing public anxiety over the extended lockdown in Luzon, Robredo said.
“Hanggang kasi hindi naaayos iyong listahan eh, grabe iyong pangamba ng tao,” she said on her radio show, “BISErbisyong Leni.”
(Until the list of beneficiaries is not fixed, the people’s apprehension will escalate.)
“Dapat maging klaro na kaagad, kasi lalong natatagalan, lalong nagiging restless iyong tao,” Robredo stressed.
(This matter should be resolved immediately, because the more it is delayed, the people become more restless.)
Under Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, each low-income household shall receive a monthly emergency subsidy ranging from a minimum of P5,000 to a maximum of P8,000 in April and May 2020.
Among those entitled to the cash aid are the elderly, homeless Filipinos, pregnant women, indigents, “no work, no pay” workers, and families that belong to the marginalized sectors.
However, thousands of households in Metro Manila have reportedly been left out of the program due to apparent discrepancies in the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s list of entitled beneficiaries and the local government units’ list.