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‘Hindi sapat pero paunang tulong muna:’ Hontiveros seeks cash aid to Taal eruption victims

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Families affected by the Taal eruption should receive ₱30,000 as cash assistance, Senator Risa Hontiveros said on Tuesday.

“Pantawid-upa at pantawid-sahod — ito ang tulong ng cash aid sa mga nawalan ng tirahan at hanapbuhay dahil sa pagsabog ng bulkang Taal,” Hontiveros said.

“Hindi ito sapat, pero paunang tulong ito. Sa cash aid, binabalik natin sa mga pamilya ang makapag-desisyon para sa sarili nila,” she said.

Hontiveros added, “Hindi pautang kundi tulong mismo. Huwag na nating ibaon pa sa utang ang mga kababayan nating naging biktima.”

“Habang inaantay natin ang post-disaster assessment, planning at budgeting ng gobyerno, may mga nagkakasakit na, at marami na rin ang nawalan ng hanapbuhay na kailangang tulungan,” she said.

She urged the Department of Social Welfare and Development [DSWD] to mobilize funds for the Emergency Cash Transfer and Emergency Shelter Assistance.

According to her, the cash aid can be spent on daily subsistence of families inside and outside of evacuation centers. “May mga nasa evacuation centers na gustong sumilong sa mga kamag-anak nila na malapit.”

“P’wede silang matulungan sa pamamagitan ng cash assistance na ito. May mga pamilya namang nasa labas ng evacuation centers pero nawalan ng income. Malaking tulong din sa kanila ito,” she said.

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