Fast-track release of aid for affected Filipinos, DOLE and DSWD told
(The Philippine Star) - April 2, 2020 - 9:14am

MANILA, Philippines (As released) — Sen. Bong Go urged the government on Wednesday, April 1 to expedite the release of financial assistance to displaced workers through the Department of Labor and Employment and vulnerable sectors through the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

A member of the Joint Oversight Committee that oversees the implementation of Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, Go emphasized that there should be no politics involved in the distribution of aid.

"Politicians should not meddle. Don't mix the efforts with politics, that lengthens the process," Go said in Filipino, adding that the DSWD should take charge in distributing aid.

Go emphasized that the priority now is to be able to provide immediate healthcare needs to solve the health problem and defeat the virus and, at the same time, to provide cash and food assistance to those who are affected the most by this crisis.

“With the passage of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, bulk of government spending is now allocated to [the Department of Health] for immediate healthcare needs, DSWD for social assistance especially for affected vulnerable sectors, and DOLE for assistance to displaced workers,” Go said.

A P2.84-billion budget has been earmarked through DOLE for displaced workers, while P200 billion is allotted under the Bayanihan Act for 18 million low-income families across the Philippines as assistance through cash and kind during the quarantine period. In his address late night on Monday, March 30, President Duterte ordered the DSWD to release the aid set under the new law. — As released

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