Barangay chiefs told: Post list of coronavirus cash aid beneficiaries

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 20 2020 12:32 PM | Updated as of Apr 20 2020 05:21 PM

People from the local barangay bring food relief packs to residents of Barangay San Miguel in Pasig City. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE) -- Village chiefs should post lists of cash aid beneficiaries to ensure transparency, the Department of the Interior and Local Government said Monday.

Lists of recipients should be placed in "strategic areas" within the barangay so that residents can say if they are left out, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said.

The "strategic areas" include the barangay hall, city or municipal hall, social center, gymnasium, auditorium, transport terminal, public market, health center, hospital, and other similar public places, the DILG chief said.

"Ipaskil natin ang listahan para walang basehan para magreklamo at magduda ang ating mga kabarangay,” he said in a statement.

(Let's post the list so that residents won't complain or doubt.)

“Napakaimportante na ihayag ang listahan para maliwanagan din ang mga mamamayan at maintindihan nila na kailangang unahin ang pinakamahirap na pamilya na walang-wala na talagang mapaghuhugutan sa gitna ng krisis na ito,” he added.

(It's important to disclose the list so that people will understand that the program prioritizes poor families during this crisis.)

Año gave the directive following complaints and problems on the distribution of social amelioration cards -- a requirement for the emergency cash assistance program.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development welcomed the initiative, saying it would allow the public to review the list of beneficiaries.

"It is only proper that the public will know who the beneficiaries are," DSWD Undersecretary Camilo Gudmalin said on Monday.

"Report to the authorities if ever there are beneficiaries who are in the list that they feel don't qualify for the social amelioration programs... We welcome this initiative coming from DILG," he said.

The DSWD tasked local officials to distribute cash aid to poor Filipino families, ranging from P5,000 to P8,000 depending on the regional minimum wage.

Some families have complained of problems in the distribution of the cash aid. Some say they were excluded.

The DILG chief also instructed village chiefs to form teams to monitor the distribution of cash assistance in their respective areas.