Voter’s ID for aid?

April 05, 2020

It is a good discerning Elections and Interior Local Government authorities saw through the abominable, diabolical agenda behand the plan.

Voters’ identification cards have one purpose – to establish or validate a person’s right and qualification to vote during elections. Of course,  it can confirm or verify person’s domicile or residence.

These data are, without a doubt, extremely valuable to politicians, especially at this time when nearly all of them are into the noble exercise of giving away emergency relief goods and vital supplies to constituents.

But this useful tool can easily be turned into  apolivoterstical weapon by ruthless politicians and their local enforcers.

A tabulation of voters’ IDs provides instant, accurate profiling of  residents for the next campaign season into the elections.

Thus, for the purpose of releasing emergency good and oher vital supplies for the rest of the quarantine period, a barangay ID, GSIS/SSS, BIR, and other primary government-issued identification cards should suffice.     

 And so we fully agree with and strongly support the Commission on Elections in reiterating the Department of the Interior Government's  statement that a voter’s ID is not a requirement for the people to receive aid from the government during the enhanced community quarantine.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the DILG has made the announcement last month that the public particularly indigents are not required to show a voter’s ID for them to get the emergency subsidy ranging from P5,000 to P8,000.

“The voter’s identification card is not required in determining who shall receive the mandated subsidy during the state of national emergency arising from the Covid-19 situation, the Department of the Interior Government  announced on March 28, 2020,” he said in a statement.

“DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya clarified in an interview that being a registered voter is not a factor in determining who gets into the list of beneficiaries of the government social amelioration program,” Jimenez added.

Barangay officials are reminded not to require voter’s IDs from their constituents in distributing the monthly allowance, which may be in cash or in kind.

“In a separate statement, Usec. Malaya said that residents need not show their voter’s IDs in order to get food packs from their local government units,” Jimenez said.

“The food packs are to be distributed on a per household basis, and not a per person basis,” he added.

Under Section 4(c) of Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, identified beneficiaries coming from low-income Filipino households are to receive an emergency subsidy of P5,000 to P8,000 a month for two months.

The island of Luzon is under ECQ which started last March 17 and will run until April 12, to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

Meanwhile, the government has sought to punish those who would commit “discriminatory acts” against front-liners and other people who are either confirmed or suspected to be infected with Covid-19, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said.

Nograles said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases  has approved a resolution, urging the local government units to impose appropriate sanctions against persons who discriminate health workers, Covid-19 patients, suspected carriers, and even overseas Filipino workers.

The IATF-EID made the call on LGUs, as it denounced “in strongest terms” any act that causes stigma, shame, harassment or discrimination against anyone amid the health crisis in the country.

“Local government units are enjoined to issue the necessary executive orders and/or enact ordinances prohibiting and penalizing these discriminatory acts,” Nograles said.

Nograles said discriminatory acts include “coercion, libel, slander, physical injuries and the dishonor of contractual obligations such as contracts of lease or employment.”

He said violators would be slapped with criminal, civil, and administrative charges.

Ovid-19 has so far infected 3,018 people in the country.