Anakpawis calls for urgent and safe distribution of social amelioration
Manila, Philippines – As the National Capital Region (NCR) is to be downgraded to a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) after May 15, the Anakpawis Party-list called for the urgent and safe distribution social amelioration for the 2nd month, amid delays and the hazardous process violative of physical distancing. The group also called to include more poor families, as many were excluded from the list. Under the MECQ, the government will allow some sectors or industries to operate, but laborers would still face uncertainty of earning an income as mass transportation is still prohibited.
“The worst case scenario is many workers would still be unable to go to their workplaces as there is no mass transport, thus, if they could not earn for the day, they would be in dire need of the social amelioration and food relief for the next weeks,” Ariel “Ka Ayik” Casilao, Anakpawis Party-list former representative said in a press statement.
Based on President Rodrigo Duterte’s seventh report on the pandemic response, P12.47 billion is allocated for 871,884 non-4Ps beneficiaries, and the payout accomplishment is at 56% or at least 384,152 beneficiaries yet to receive. Moreover, the Department of Interior and Local Government announced that only three local government units were able to fully distribute the social amelioration.
Based on the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other agencies, on the social amelioration provision of the Republic Act No. 11469 Bayanihan to Heal As One Act, P5,000 to P8,000 assistance per month for two months shall be given to 18 million low-income families.
“As there were numerous reports of delayed and chaotic process of distribution, already putting the poor in danger of being infected, we urge local government units to expedite and craft a system that will prevent mass gatherings, and guarantee food relief, as the MECQ guidelines does not assure that poor laborers could successfully go to their workplaces,” Casilao urged. ###