There are allegations against the LGUs corrupting relief assistance from the national government – THIS IS FAKE NEWS and MISINFORMATION. Let these be known:
1. LGUs are the first responders way before the enhanced community quarantine was declared.
2. Before Holy Week, no national budget for COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts was downloaded. The Social Amelioration Program (SAP) funds and other national assistance have been being downloaded since last week.
3. The only national budget from the national government is the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) in which 5% is dedicated to Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (LDRRMF), formerly known as Calamity Fund. 30% of the LDRRMF is for Quick Respond Fund (QRF) and 70% is for disaster prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, rehabilitation and recovery. The QRF is what the LGUs are using now (if they declared a state of calamity, or because the President declared so upon recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council o NDRRMC) which is not enough to sustain a more than a month quarantine. Hence, the Bayanihan to Heal as Once Act (RA 11469) SAP and other assistance provisions such as the Bayanihan Grant which is worth one month IRA; and the utilization of this year’s 20% development fund for COVID19 related efforts.
4. The quick response/relief assistance from DSWD before the disbursement of the SAP is very very limited.
5. What the people are receiving before the SAP are from the creativity and resourcefulness of the LGUs and contributions from the civil society, non-government organizations, religious institutions, business owners, companies and private individuals.
BAGO ANG HOLY WEEK WALA PANG IBINABANG PONDO ANG NATIONAL GOVERNMENT SA LGUs dahil may mga proseso pang pinagdadaanan.
There may be some lapses (both serious and petty), but hey, be grateful to your LGUs. Stop accusing them of corruption in this time of crisis, because at the very beginning, they are the ones who primarily responded to our needs; and at the end, still, they will be the ones who will be fighting for our cause, as we also demand transparency and accountability.
Many of the LGUs are amenable that they are not prepared for the pandemic but they were able to make ends meet together with the frontliners. The seemingly confusing and challenging national directives made the LGUs more creative and resourceful.
There are platforms for complaints, and we have the right to express our sentiments. But please, appreciate the efforts of your LGus, let’s empower, strengthen and inspire them to fight for us while we, the people, fight for our survival.
May mga pagkukulang (sa iba konti, sa iba marami) ngunit sa kabila nito, #SalamatLGUs.