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Nakakasawa de lata! Tito Sotto: P5K to P8K COVID-19 for poor should be given in cash

Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act provides for the grant of P5,000 to P8,000 to poor Filipinos badly affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

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Poor families affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis should receive the cash assistance entitled to them under a new law in cash, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said.

In a radio interview Wednesday (April 1), Sotto said giving cash to poor Filipinos is better because they get to choose how to spend it.

“Saka ipe-prepare mo ‘yung goods, bibilhin mo, babalutin mo, i-distribute mo, eh mas mabilis i-distribute ‘yung cash eh,” he said.

Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act provides for the grant of P5,000 to P8,000 to poor Filipinos badly affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

President Rodrigo Duterte said in his first report to Congress on RA 11469 states that the emergency subsidy program for the COVID-19 crisis will be in the form of “cash or non-cash subsidy.”

Sotto said he will seek clarification from the executive branch on the form that the assistance should take.

“Kung ganoon ang intindi ng executive department lalo na ng DSWD, kailangan makausap namin sila agad. Sapagkat mas gusto namin, kaya natin ginawa ‘yan eh, para ‘yung cash ibigay sa kanila (mahihirap na pamilya) eh. Sila bumili,” he said.

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