'Hatid Tulong' different from 'Balik Probinsya'

June 29, 2020
Bong Go

SENATOR Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, in an interview addressed the confusion regarding the Hatid Tulong initiatives and the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) program of the government. 

"Ito pong Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Program, pinirmahan na po ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte 'yung EO nito (creating a council) composed of more than seventeen departments. Meron po itong short-term at long-term. 'Yung short-term, papauuwiin sa probinsya, bibigyan ng tulong, pangkabuhayan, trabaho," Go said.

"'Yung long-term naman, paplanuhin ang probinsyang uuwian nila na bibigyan ng insentibo 'yung mga negosyo para doon na mag-invest, para kung may negosyo roon, meron silang trabaho. Ito po 'yung Balik Probinsya," he clarified.

Go said that the BP2 Program is currently suspended to make way for the Hatid Tulong initiatives which assist stranded overseas Filipino workers and locally stranded individuals (LSIs).

"Sa kasalukuyan, suspendido po ito (BP2). Dahil inatasan ni Pangulong Duterte ang gobyerno na iuwi muna ang mga stranded tulad ng OFWs. Ayaw naman nating mag-mix itong dalawa,” explained Go.

In previous statements, Go further emphasized the differences of these initiatives, saying, “Ang BP2 Program ay para sa mga taga Metro Manila na gustong mag-relocate sa kanilang mga probinsya pagkatapos ng krisis. Nakasaad sa EO 114 na may long-term at whole-of-nation approach ito na ang layunin ay i-decongest ang Metro Manila at mapabilis ang pag-unlad ng iba’t ibang parte ng bansa.”

“Iba naman ang Hatid Tulong initiatives na para sa mga OFWs, LSIs at iba pang apektadong Pilipino na naipit dahil sa community quarantine measures at kailangang matulungang makauwi sa kanilang probinsya,” he added. 

Go also mentioned that the government will only resume implementation of the BP2 Program once receiving local government units are ready to accept beneficiaries. "Babalikan po natin ito kapag pwede nang mag-rollout at maaasikaso na ng LGUs ang lahat (ng nais bumalik)," he explained.

The Senator also urged the Executive branch to conduct a thorough review of the implementation of the Hatid Tulong initiative. "Since Hatid Tulong is a directive from the President, it is important to make sure that proper health and safety protocols are in place in order to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Proper coordination must also be conducted to make sure that receiving LGUs are willing and ready to accept their constituents."

Go also urged the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases to look into unauthorized travels and unsanctioned initiatives reportedly conducted by various LGUs and groups that do not comply with health protocols.

"Dapat higpitan dahil delikado makahawa ito. Unahin natin ang kalusugan ng bawat Pilipino. Kahit niluwagan na ang community quarantine measures sa iilang lugar, higpitan pa rin po natin ang mga patakaran na kaugnay ng pagbyahe patungo sa mga probinsya para maiwasan ang lalong pagkalat ng sakit," he said.