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Transparency needed


ROGUE local government and village officials playing favorites towards friends and relatives marred last year’s implementation of the social amelioration program (SAP).

But this time, the government is seen to succeed in distributing without any hassle its financial assistance to families in areas under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

These families are in the National Capital Region (NCR) and the four provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna, where there’s an upsurge in the number of COVID-19 cases.

President Rodrigo Duterte approved the release of P22.91 billion as subsidy to residents in said areas. An individual will receive P1,000, but the aid per family should not exceed P4,000.

In Manila, the city treasurer’s office has already received P1.52 billion, its share of the P22.91-billion fund, which will be distributed to some 380,000 families.

For transparency, the city government will post on its social media pages the names of beneficiaries, according to Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

The decision of the highly-articulate chief executive, a former scavenger, to publish the names of beneficiaries shows that there will be no favoritism in the distribution of the aid.

Saludo ako kay Sir kasi siguradong makararating ang ayuda sa mga dapat tumanggap nito,” said an elderly Manileno, a certified supporter of the workaholic mayor.

He took note of Yorme Isko’s consistently uncompromising stand against graft and corruption, which remains a major headache of national and local government officials.

People, including his still growing army supporters, do not see him forgetting his promise to transform Manila into a flourishing city and enhance the people’s living conditions.

That’s why he hates public servants who steal Juan dela Cruz’s hard-earned money.