‘hardly felt on the ground’ : Zarate blasts Duterte’s weekly report on COVID-19 response

‘hardly felt on the ground’ : Zarate blasts Duterte’s weekly report on COVID-19 response

Makabayan bloc made their presence felt again by being in the media criticizing the government most especially President Rodrigo Roa Duterte lack or non-existent policies to combat the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19.

House Deputy Minority Floor Leader Carlos Zarate said the “quite lengthy” weekly report of President Rodrigo Duterte over government’s response in the COVID-19 crisis “is hardly felt on the ground” since the enhanced community quarantine has been implemented.

Zarate calls out the Duterte administration’s economic and medical relief “is hardly felt on the ground three weeks into the community quarantine imposed by authorities.”
Bayan Muna representative Carlos Zarate
(photo credit to owner)

“They said that they already released relief goods to some areas but they did not even list down the baranggays these were distributed to nor how many families were its beneficiaries per barangay,” said Zarate.
Zarate also slams the Department of Labor’s (DOLE) P8,000 TUPAD program for being to slow to implement.
Zarate also lambast the government for its slow response or minimal relief provided to affected families/residents, three weeks into the LUZON lockdown or enhanced community quarantine.

“As mentioned in the report, food and non-food Items distributed by DSWD (Department of Socila Welfare and Development) only totaled 4753. Worse, for a population of 12 million residents, more or less, DSWD-NCR only delivered to 17 LGUs a total 67,150 food packs,” Zarate stressed.
He also notes the lack of coordination among government agencies as essential food deliveries are being blocked or delayed at checkpoints, which results to a looming food crises, and  because of rice stocks are about to be depleted which brings the government back to rice imports.
“In this critical juncture of the crisis, the government’s continued delay, even failings, to bring the much needed help and solution to the most vulnerable sectors and communities will be cathasthropic to our country and people,” Zarate warns the Duterte administration.

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