‘PLEASE, don’t get sick. I need you.’
This was the urgent call made by Mayor Isko Moreno to all barangay chairpersons in Manila, with a call for them to set aside politics and bickerings for now and fulfill their duties, as he tasked them to take charge of distributing the P1,000 financial aid of the city government to a total of 568,000 families, based on the lists thet themselves provided and as he bared that two chairmen have died just recently.
Clad in housewear --- loose shirt, loose shorts and slippers--- Moreno met with barangay chairmen in City Hall where he expressed confidence that the heads of barangays will be up to the challenge and trust he had fully given them, assuring that he and the city officials are now working round-the-clock as in fact he now sleeps in his office in City Hall to be able to respond quickly to problems that arise from time to time.
Moreno stressed that he did not question the lists provided by the barangay chairpersons in the city and set aside politics so that all 896 barangays are covered by the city’s cash assistance.
‘Walang asul, walang dilaw, walang kahil, lahat ay ating binigyan ng ayuda kaya pakiusap ko lang, do your best. I believe and trust in you. It’s your time to shine, barangay!,’ Moreno said.
‘Mayaman, mahirap, middle class. Lahat ng nilagay ninyo sa listahan ay ating isinama. Itabi muna natin ang pulitika. Sana, ‘yung kinaiinisan ninyong kaptbahay, patawarin nýo na,’ he added, reiterating that the distribution must be done in such a way that the national government’s guidance on social distancing is still being observed.
Moreno directed the barangay chairpersons to distribute the said funds by going house-to-house so that residents no longer need to go out and violate the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) being imposed by the national government to prevent COVID-19’s community transmission.
Meanwhile, it was learned that some barangay chairmen are yet to submit their lists of recipients to the city government.
The funding for the said purpose was sourced from the P591.5 million that was realigned by the city government under the ‘city amelioration crisis assistance fund (CACAF)’. Said fund had been derived from the Office of the Mayor (P200,000,000); Manila Department of Social Welfare,(124,000,000) and 20 percent City Development Fund (267,500,000).
Moreno said P1,000 financial assistance will be given to each of the beneficiaries identified by each of the 896 barangay chairpersons ‘to cushion the economic effect of COVID-19 crisis and to enable the people of Manila to purchase much-needed food and supplies for their survival.’ The distribution of the funds which began the other day is expected to be finished today (Thursday).