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Leni calls cash grant distribution ‘late’


By Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo criticized the distribution of unconditional cash grants as “late” as the government aid takes long to reach the remaining 8 million poor households.

Vice President Leni Robredo (OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)

Vice President Leni Robredo (OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)

Under the tax reform law, indigent families are entitled to receive P200 a month or P2,400 a year each in unconditional cash transfers.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSDW) implements the UCT to mitigate the impact of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, but Robredo said the release of the cash subsidy is slower than usual.

“Masyado lang huli iyong implementation—iyong pagbigay ng unconditional cash transfer (The implementation is too late—the release of the cash transfer),” said Robredo.

“Kasi ang intensyon talaga nito pang-ano sana…panglaban ng mahihirap sa pagtaas ng presyo. Tumaas na ang presyo pero wala pa ang tulong, kaya sana mabilis-bilisan na,” she added.

(Because its intention is really for… defense of the poor against the rising consumer prices. The prices have already increased, but there is no help yet so I hope the release will be faster.)

The Vice President shared her observation about the substantial delays in the distribution of cash grants during her weekly radio show, “BISErbisyong Leni,” on RMN-dZXL 558.

The total number of Filipino households and individuals who will receive the UCT is 10 million—4.4 million members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps); 3 million senior citizens of the Social Pension Program; and 2.6 million from the DSWD’s Listahanan, its targeting system for poverty reduction.

These are households who won’t be able to afford higher prices of goods and services resulting from the TRAIN law.

For this year, each beneficiary will receive P200 per month or 2,400 a year. The cash subsidy will be increased to P300 monthly in 2019 and 2020 or 3,600 annually.

“Iyong target 10 million—10 million na Filipinos iyong bibigyan pero matagal-tagal na iyong pag-implement ng TRAIN pero iyong balita natin until now, 2 million pa lang ang nabibigyan,” said Robredo.

(The target is 10 million Filipinos will be given, but the TRAIN has been implemented for a long time, but we received reports that until now, only two million received.)

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