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Go to monitor implementation of Bayanihan to Heal as One Act

March 25, 2020 - Wednesday 6:03 PM by MDM

Article Banner Image President Rodrigo Duterte signs Republic Act No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” with Senator Christopher Lawrence Go looking on. Contributed photo

Senator Christopher Lawrence Go on Wednesday said as the country undergoes strict quarantine measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, he will ensure that the government cash aid provided under Republic Act No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” reaches the poorest Filipinos and those who are most in need of assistance.

In an interview with radio host Ted Failon, Go said as a legislator, he will closely monitor the provision of the cash and food aid to low-income Filipino families.

"Cash po ang dapat ibigay sa kanila para magamit po kaagad. Good for 2 months po ito...  For low-income families, depende po sa minimum wage sa lugar ninyo.  Halimbawa, sa Metro Manila, kung mas malaki ‘yung ating daily wage, ‘yung sweldo po dito sa Maynila, so P8,000.   Pag sa mga probinsya naman po ay P5,000," he said.

Go also gave assurance that poor families who are not under the government's conditional cash transfer program may still receive cash aid as long as local government units identify them as indigent families.

The law provides that in the grant of the P5,000 to P8,000 cash subsidy, the current Conditional Cash Transfer program and rice subsidy of the government shall be taken into account.

So, if a CCT beneficiary presently receives P1,500 from the program, the emergency subsidy will provide P6,500 to reach the P8,000 maximum amount.

According to the 2020 projections based on the Family Income and Expenditure Survey, there are 18 million low-income households in the Philippines now. The law also authorizes the President to expand and enhance the existing Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program of the government.

“Ako naman po ay nasa legislative po ako, isa po akong mambabatas. Nakatutok po kami rito at magre-report po ang Executive sa Kongreso kada linggo. Ang amin po rito ay siguradong dapat makarating po doon sa pinaka informal sector natin, ‘yung mga nangangailangan po ng tulong … pinilit nating manatili sa kanilang mga pamamahay para po maging safe dahil mayroon tayong lockdown nga sa panahong ito at huwag natin silang pabayaan," Go said.

Go said the assistance will be given directly to the target beneficiary as will be provided for by the Implementing Rules and Regulations which is currently in the works.

As for apartment renters and tenants who may need additional time to pay for their rent falling due during the quarantine period, Go said that the recently enacted law will also allow them a 30-day grace period without incurring interests, penalties, fees or other charges.

"Sabi ko nga, ‘wag natin pahirapan ang lahat, trabahante pati negosyante. Kailangan po maging flexible po tayo," he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the landmark law on Tuesday, March 24, which grants him additional powers to implement measures to fight the coronavirus spread. MDM