Vico Sotto: Need not be a voter to receive Pasig City aid amid COVID-19 crisis

Vico Sotto: Need not be a voter to receive Pasig City aid amid COVID-19 crisis

In effect what is needed is for the family actually residing currently in Pasig city.

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto said families in his city not included in the national government’s social amelioration program for the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19 will still receive a cash aid.

In a radio interview with DZMM, Sotto said his city government already “downloaded” the more than P700 million aid from the national treasury, this amount will cover 93,000 families in Pasig.

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto
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“We will not be selective... You do not have to be a voter. No such requirement. If you are a resident of Pasig, you will be given aid,” the young city mayor added.

Sotto admits that the Social Amelioration Program of the national government is not enough. “There are 150,000 families that will not be covered,” Sotto pointed out.
“We looked for funds, we identified [funds], studied Pasig’s cash position last week, and we saw that the local government of Pasig can shoulder [aid] for those who are not included in the DSWD list of 93,000 families,” he explained in Filipino.

Mayor Sotto said they will withdraw from its trust fund and shelve some projects temporarily to be able to hand out P8,000 to the 150,000 families not included in the DSWD list.

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