Finger pointing over delayed aid deplored

THE key to faster release of financial aid to the people affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is constant dialogue between the national government and local government units (LGUs).

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano proposed this solution as he himself admitted that there is a slow implementation of the government’s social amelioration program (SAP) for the low-income households

But Cayetano said this is also not the time to point a finger at who is delaying it.

“It’s not to blame, to point fingers ‘mabagal dahil sayo, mabagal dahil dito, mabagal dahil doon…” it’s time to talk usap lang nang usap para bumilis ito,” Cayetano said in an interview shortly after attending the inspection of quarantine sites in Manila.

Cayetano assured the public that the Duterte administration is exerting all its effort to best serve the people in this time of health crisis.

Nearly 5,000 have tested positive and about 297 have died in the COVID-19 outbreak in the Philippines.

“Naniniwala kaming binubuhos ng Pangulo ang lahat ng pwedeng gawin ng gobyerno, kasama ang Kongreso, every week tinitignan namin ang report,”Cayetano said.

For his part, Cayetano said he has constant communication with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to get the side of the national government on how to improve the implementation of the aid program.

Congress, in a special session, passed a measure that granted the national government P275 billion funds to provide aid to the affected sectors of the society.

The target of the government is to provide financial assistance to at least 18 million households in the low-income bracket and the frontliners, particularly those working in the hospitals.

The subsidy amounts are P5,000 to P8,000 a month for two months.