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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte criticized the delay in the distribution of financial assistance for citizens, urging government agencies and local government units (LGUs) to “simplify” the process of releasing cash aid.

Delays in the distribution of government aid would be relayed to the Office of the Ombudsman for “immediate action,” Duterte said in a televised address aired Tuesday.

“Simplify the giving of the money by asking for a proposal, then that proposal should not be studied by days or by months. You just review it and if it says that it’s for food, g******, you give it because it’s for food, kakainin ‘yan. And all assistance connected with the health of a person o ano, ibigay ninyo. Do away with delay,” according to the Chief Executive.

“Kapag hindi at nag-report ang isang tao sa akin, ‘yung report niya diretso na ‘yon sa ‘Respectfully forwarded to the Ombudsman for immediate action’… Doon ka sa Ombudsman, because the Ombudsman can suspend you anytime. With strong reasons or with weak reasons, that has to be seen but he has that power,” he added.

The government implemented cash transfer programs to support low-income families affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Its Social Amelioration Program grants P5,000 to P8,000 monthly cash aid to more than 13 million poor families in the country.

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