By Prince Golez
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo defended the slow distribution of assistance for those affected by the two-week enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the National Capital Region and four nearby provinces, citing the procedures of cash disbursement.
President Rodrigo Duterte recently approved the release of P23-billion emergency subsidy to more than 22 million low-income beneficiaries in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal after the said areas were placed under ECQ from March 29 to April 11 following the rise in Covid-19 cases.
“Siguro sa simula, medyo mabagal. Ganyan talaga. Gusto niyo kaagad mabilisan. Syempre kailangan merong programa iyan,” Panelo said during his commentary show “Counterpoint.”
The abogado said it’s a government obligation to make sure the assistance is extended to eligible beneficiaries.
“Talagang you have to follow certain procedures para maganda ang rollout ng mga ayuda. Kailangan sisiguraduhin mo na ‘yung tatanggap, sila dapat ang tumanggap,” according to him.
“Pangalawa, kailangan hindi ka mag-doble kasi baka magkulang,” he added.
Under the government’s financial assistance, recipients are entitled to receive P1,000 each or up to P4,000 per family either in cash or in-kind.