DSWD should release names of those who received govt cash aid - Sotto

DSWD should release names of those who received govt cash aid - Sotto

Senate President Vicente Sotto III has called on the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to be transparent and release the names of those who have received cash aid from the national government.

In a statement he released, he said the DSWD should release on the agency’s website, the names of the beneficiaries of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP), as well as the areas already covered by the program.

The Senate President emphasized “the need for transparency” as as mandated by Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III
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Under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, 18 million low-income families will receive cash subsidy ranging from P5,000 to P8,000, depending on the prevailing regional minimum wage rates.

“Marami tayong naririnig na reklamo na hindi umano natanggap ng mga taong dapat ay kwalipikadong makakuha ng cash assistance na pinayagan ng Kongreso sa ilalim ng Bayanihan Act,” he stated.

(I hear complaints some people, who are qualified for the cash assistance program as allowed by  Congress, have not received their share.)

“Kaya ang tanong natin ngayon, sino-sino na ba ang nabigyan ng gobyerno? Bakit marami ang nagrereklamong hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa nila nakukuha ang ayuda na nakasaad sa batas?”

(That’s why our question now is who is being provided by the government? Why are there people complaining that  until now, they have not received the aid that has been mandated by the law?)

In the latest report issued by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte , Sotto questions the numbers and he wants to know the further details on the disbursement of the budget done by the government like  details related to the distribution of assistance, such as the number of recipients, the areas where it was distributed and the breakdown of the amount given to local government units.

“Kailangang malinaw sa aming mga mambabatas at sa publiko kung paano ibinahagi itong perang ito. Kulang sa detalye ang ipinasang report sa Kongreso, (This needs to be clear to our lawmakers and to the public on how the cash was distributed. The report submitted to Congress was incomplete.)” he stated.

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