By Billy Begas
Assistant Minority Leader and Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Arlene Brosas on Tuesday challenged President Rodrigo Duterte to certify as urgent the proposal giving P10,000 financial assistance to each family.
Brosas made the challenge after Duterte urged the public to wait for government aid instead of going outside of their homes to look for a community pantry, which could trigger a spike in COVID-19 cases.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting the poor the hardest and exposing the gaping inequities in access to food and health care. So if President Duterte is really concerned about the well-being of the masses, then he should support the people’s call to fast-track the approval of our P10,000 ‘’Ayuda Bill” for poor and low-income families instead of making things worse for our country,” Brosas said.
Brosas said people are swarming community pantries because of the Duterte government’s failure to address hunger.
“The government must face the fact that the poor are more afraid of hunger than getting infected by COVID-19. Kaya imbis na sisihin pa ang mga community pantry organizers, dapat magbigay ng sapat na ayuda ang gobyerno,” she added.
Local government units in the National Capital Region (NCR) plus have yet to complete the distribution of financial assistance intended to help those affected by the re-implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) last month.