MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday urged the social welfare department to make public the list of the most vulnerable families who would get cash aid to cope with lockdown measures aimed at containing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Village officials "are bearing the brunt" of the frustration of those who are not among the 18 million families who stand to get P5,000 to P8,000 each, said Robredo. Some people also go out of their homes to check for updates on the cash aid distribution, she said.
"Baka it would help everyone that the list be made public para alam ng tao kung makakakuha siya o hiindi at alam ng tao na hindi naman niya kailangan isisi sa kaniyang kapitan o isisi sa kaniyang mayor kung bakit siya wala," Robredo told CNN Philippines.
(Perhaps it would help everyone that the list be made public so that the public would know whether or not they would get aid and they won't blame their village chairman or mayor.)
The government allocated P200 billion for the 2-month cash subsidies under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act that gave President Rodrigo Duterte additional powers to address the pandemic.
Families can appeal their non-inclusion in the program through their local social welfare officers, the Department of Social Welfare and Development earlier said.