Use of waiver for cash aid recipients not illegal, Bulacan local officials says

Published April 17, 2021, 1:08 PM

by Chito Chavez

The legal officer of San Jose Del Monte (SJDM), Bulacan defended on Saturday, April 17, the use of waiver on the recipients of cash aid from the national government, saying it serves as a supporting document for the liquidation process.

(Photo via Joseph Pedrajas/MANILA BULLETIN)

In an interview over GMA News, SJDM legal officer lawyer Elmer Galicia stressed that the use of waiver is not unlawful–although such document is not among the requirements of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the distribution of cash assistance.

“Ayon sa aming pagre-research ay bahagi po (waiver) ng maaaring isuporta sa aming government auditing na nakasulat po sa government auditing manual” (Based on our research this can be used as supporting document in our government auditing that is stated in the government auditing manual),’’ Galicia said.

On April 16, the DILG said that the recipients of the national government’s cash assistance program in Metro Manila and four adjacent provinces (NCR Plus) are not compelled to sign waivers when receiving the national government’s financial aid.

Galicia vowed that they will explain the issuance of waiver if the DILG compels them to do so.

The local legal executive added that the waiver is meant to assure families will not get “double” financial assistance from the LGU.

Galicia also noted the national government only allotted P596 million with the residents in the town numbering close to one million, about 800,000 to 900,000.

Residents belonging to the poor sector in NCR, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal (NCR Plus) were entitled to a P1,000 to P4,000 assistance after being placed under the enhanced community program (ECQ), the strictest form of lockdown, from March 29 to April 11.

When ECQ lapsed, the quarantine restriction was eased to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until April 30.