SP Sotto joins call for middle-income families to get aid during COVID-19 crisis

SP Sotto joins call for middle-income families to get aid during COVID-19 crisis

Senate President Vicente Sotto  seems to be doing some damage control when he agrees that the middle-income families should also be given help by the government.

The call to have the middle class earners to be included in the amelioration programs of the national government as first floated by Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla.
he national government to expand its relief assistance to cover formal and middle-income workers whose income has also been affected as the entire Luzon remains under enhanced community quarantine.

Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto
(photo credit to owner)

“Government assistance should cover ALL those who are affected by the lockdown. (The) Government should strive to help everyone whose sources of income and livelihood have been crippled by the pandemic,” Sotto said.

“Even the middle-income needs help. Nawalan din naman sila ng pagkakitaan, nabawasan din ang kanilang source of income,” he added. (They too have no livelihood now, no source of income)

The Senate President said that salary adjustments have been adopted by medium and small-medium enterprise (MSMEs) to stretch their financial resources amid the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine enforced to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“I totally agree that we should help the poor deal with the current situation. But we should also provide assistance to the other sectors of our society,” the senator said.

“They, too, are also experiencing difficulties because of the work stoppage in all industries. (The) Government should also extend a helping hand to them,” he added.

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