MAYOR Isko Moreno praised President Rodrigo Duterte “for leading by example and serving as an inspiration” by donating his salary to the efforts against coronavirus, as the mayor also announced the realignment of P591.5 million city budget for the city amelioration crisis assistance fund (CACAF) which would provide P1,000 financial help for 568,000 families in Manila.
CACAF was derived from the Office of the Mayor (P200,000,000); Manila Department of Social Welfare, (124,000,000) and 20 percent from the City Development Fund (267,500,000).
According to Moreno, the beneficiaries have been identified by the barangays who will be tasked with the distribution of the P1,000 financial help from Tuesday to Thursday, aimed “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.”
He said the barangays will have to do “proper liquidation of the fund, subject to existing laws, rules and regulation and will be held accountable should anything go wrong.”
Moreno thanked Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, president pro tempore Ernesto Isip, Jr. and majority leader Joel Chua for the quick passage of the ordinance after they held a meeting with top city officials.
Meantime, Moreno also thanked Duterte for doing more than his duty by donating his salary for COVID 19 efforts and hoped that his act will be followed by others in government.
“Kanina po nabalita na ang sweldo ni Pangulong Duterte ay ido-donate niya. Pag inisip n’yo, maliit lang … di po namin ibinibilang kung magkano ibinibigay ng tao pero sa panahong ito, pangarap ko ay makita at maramdaman ng taumbayan na kaming mga pulitiko, magkakaiba man ng partido, idelohiya o pananaw ay nagkakaisa dahil ang kalaban ay hindi pulitiko o mamamayan. Di tayo ang magkakalaban, ang kalaban natin ay si COVID 19,” Moreno said.
“Totoo, ang bawat posisyon ay may kanya-kanyang tungkulin na dapat gampanan pero kungdi kalabisan, bilang Pilipino, ang hiling lang namin ay makita na ang mga halal ng bayan ay lumalagpas sa tungkuling iniatang sa kanila ng batas. At ito ang kailangang makita ng bawat Pilipino, bawat Manilenyo na kami ay nagkakaisa, isinasantabi ang pulitika.. yan ay pinatunayan na naman ni Pangulong Duterte at para sa kaalaman ninyo, hindi po kami magkapartido kaya ‘wag tayo magi-isip na may pulitika pero nakita nya ang ang panawagan ng boses ng tao ano ba naman ‘yung isang buwang sweldo? Hindi na nga sweldo. Kahit nga isang kilong bigas makita ng tao na ng tao we went beyond our duties,” Moreno added.
“Muli, Pangulong Duterte, salamat.. binibigyan mo kami ng lakas ng loob maraming salamat sa sa iyo at ipinakita mong muli ang pagmamalasakit mo sa ating mga kababayan,’ Moreno added.
He also thanked the Cabinet members and Manila City Council members for also donating funds to the COVI-19 fight, even as he revealed that he and Lacuna also donated their one-month salary.
Moreno likewise thanked 117 congressmen, led by House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte and Buhay Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza, for donating their one-month salaries.
This happened after Moreno appealed for politicians to help out those who have nothing to eat.