Local government officials in some areas deserve at least part of the blame for the non-distribution of social amelioration program aid to families affected by the COVID-19-triggered lockdowns, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Sunday.
In an interview on DZBB and GMA News TV, Lacson said the lists submitted by some barangay chairmen and mayors had to be vetted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development as they contained irregularities.
Such irregularities include double listing and the inclusion of dead people, he said. Thus, the aid cannot be distributed even if the Department of Social Welfare and Development has released the funds, he added.
“Hindi ma-distribute ng brgy officials, mayors, kasi di pa finalized. Subject to vetting ang listahang pinadala sa DSWD kasi may double listing, may patay na,” Lacson said.
“Ang problema ang ilang local officials na tamad o simply incompetent, di sila ready. Binigyan sila ng pondo ng DSWD, di nila ma-distribute kasi ang listahan nila magulo,” he added.
He said that when he talked to some people in his home province of Cavite, he learned many have yet to receive aid even after filling up application forms three weeks ago.
“Dito na ngayon lalabas sino ang mga efficient na local government officials. Kung efficient ang mayor, barangay chairman, alam nila sino sino ang nangangailangan sa mga constituents. So kung efficient ang kanilang sistema like kung regularly nagsasagawa sila ng community-based survey, updated lagi ang record nila. Ilan ang marginalized, ilan ang daily wage earners, nakapag-submit agad sila,” he said.