Ayuda In Cash Prone To Corruption Says Official
P1,000 AYUDA – Amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), a one-time financial aid of P1,000 can be given in cash or kind, but this may be “prone to corruption”, says one official.
After a year of lockdowns, Metro Manila and its 4 surrounding provinces now enter another lockdown under the NCR Plus Bubble. Meanwhile, according to the Department of Budget and Management, the financial assistance would be up to the local governments.
During an interview with ABS-CBN, Budget Secretary Wendel Abisado stated that:
“Kung sa pagpupulong ng mga lokal na pamahalaan, eh mas madali sa kanila ‘yong cash, maaaring gawin nilang cash. Kung hindi naman, bibili sila ng in kind“
Furthermore, the distribution of the “ayuda” for the 23 million residents in the National Capital Region and the provinces of Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna is set for the first week of April.
Additionally, the government stated that it would be giving at least P1,000 for those affected in the lockdowns. However, the maximum amount they could give per low-income family would be P4,000.
For those who want to accept the “ayuda” in kind, the local governments need to repack goods as giving away cash can be “prone to corruption”. As per the interview, Abisado said:
“Ang atin na lamang, we rely on the goodness of the heart of the Filipino at sana naman maunawaan ng taongbayan na ito ay talagang para sa kanila. ‘Yong mag-iimplement naman ay ‘wag ibubulsa at talagang ibigay do’n sa nararapat“
But, the mayors of the NCR Plus bubble need to discuss within themselves which basic goods would be included if the aid would be given in kind. However, Parañaque mayor Edwin Olivarez said giving aid in kind would cause delays with distribution and would rather want cash to be given.
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