SENATOR Panfilo 'Ping' Lacson urged government agencies to immediately implement provisions of the Bayanihan Act specifically on giving P5,000 to P8,000 dole-outs to 18 million families in the country.
Lacson warned that if the government fails to act immediately, another problem might arise from the current crisis.
"If the executive does not act with dispatch, we may have a serious social problem to face. As the old adage says, 'a hungry stomach knows no law'," said Lacson.
The senator explained that the act was approved last March 24 and published on March 25 so there is no reason to not immediately implement it.
By this time, the senator said, local government should have started distributing doleouts to beneficiaries.
"The old Filipino adage, “Aanhin pa ang damo, kung patay na ang kabayo” should be repeatedly reminded to the officials in charge of implementing the distribution of the cash dole-outs to the 18 million families," Lacson added.
Meanwhile, Senate President Vicente 'Tito' Sotto III said that it is now in the hands of every local government units on how to implement the said law.
He also reminded local officials that they may face sanctions if they will not act.
"The President is empowered to suspend or remove any local official who is not responding properly," Sotto stressed.