- President Duterte approved the provision of cash subsidy to 5M more families
- Harry Roque said this is Duterte’s way of fulfilling his promise
- Roque: “Alam ng ating presidente kung gaano kahi
rap ang buhay sa ilalim ng GCQ”
Families claiming they are qualified but didn’t receive financial subsidy during the first tranche of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) may soon receive from the government.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Tuesday that President Rodrigo Duterte approved the recommendation of the COVID-19 task force to add five-million low-income Filipino families to the beneficiaries of SAP.
Roque said, “Hindi lang po 18 million ang mabibigyan ng SAP sa first tranche, madadagdagan pa po ng 5 million.”
The spokesperson said this is the Duterte government’s way of fulfilling its promises.
“Ito’y patunay na unang-una tumutupad sa pangako ang ating presidente. Sinabi niya, lahat ng nangangailangan ay mabibigyan. Alam ng ating presidente kung gaano kahirap ang buhay sa ilalim ng GCQ.”
He added that due to limited funds, second tranche recipients would now be limited to poor households in areas under enhanced community quarantine until May 15.
The emergency cash aid subsidy is among the measures mandated to the government under the Bayanihan To Heal As One Act.
With it, around 18-million low-income families who were greatly affected by the quarantine are qualified to receive financial subsidies ranging from P5,000.00 to P8,000.00 for two months. Funding is under the P200-billion budget.
DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya has earlier said the additional beneficiaries will be given to left-out families or those who are claiming they are qualified from the program but didn’t receive assistance.
He said, “‘Yong mga left-out families na tinatawag, na sinasabi nila na kailangan kuwalipikado sila sa programa ngunit hindi sila naisama sa unang bugso ng Social Amelioration Program.”
However, they are yet to receive additional guidelines from the Social Welfare department for the implementation guidelines.