MANILA - Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto on Thursday praised a resident who returned extra food coupons she received from the city government amid the lockdown.
In a Facebook Post, Sotto said the resident, a mother, received an excess of P400 in food coupons.
She used P200 in the market but, bothered by her conscience, later decided to return the remaining P200 in coupons, replacing in cash the other half she had used.
"Mas marami pa rin talaga ang tapat at may mabuting puso," Sotto said.
(There are still more people who are honest and good.)
The Pasig city government has been distributing food coupons on a regulated basis to residents as many lost livelihood amid the lockdown in Luzon to curb the fast spreading coronavirus disease 2019.
Only supermarkets, grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential establishments have been allowed by authorities to continue to operate during the lockdown.
In a comment on the same post, Sotto said 50 City Hall employees on the list of beneficiaries of the national government's social amelioration program have volunteered to be removed from among those who will get the cash.
This as the central government continued to distribute cash aid of P5,000 to P8,000 for poor Filipinos amid the pandemic, where millions of daily wage earners had lost income.
He urged other city employees to do the same.
"'Yung mga iba, please, magpa-delist na kayo. Malinaw ang instructions ng national na bawal. Sumusweldo naman kayo ng mas malaki sa 8k na ayuda... 'pag inantay niyo pang isa-isahin namin ang listahan bago mag Pasig Supplemental SAP, makakasuhan pa kayo," said Sotto.
(For the others, please get yourselves delisted. The national [government's] instructions were clear that that's prohibited. You are getting paid more than the P8,000 aid... If you wait for us to identify you one by one before the Pasig Supplemental cash aid is released, you may face charges.)
Sotto earlier vowed to provide similar subsidies to other poor families in Pasig excluded from the national government's list.