Gov’t assistance to poor families welcomed

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) hopes that the government’s economic intervention will allow vulnerable sectors to access a decent standard of living and sustain their essential needs.

As the duty-bearer, the government has a responsibility to provide “adequate social and economic assistance” to those in need, especially in times of economic difficulties, according to Lawyer Jacqueline de Guia, CHR executive director.

De Guia noted that the CHR fully welcomes the recent decision of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to approve the release of funds amounting to P4.1 billion, intended for the disadvantaged sectors badly hit by the global pandemic and inflation.

Through the Special Allotment Release Order, the DBM greenlighted the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) cash assistance for more than four million beneficiaries under its Targeted Cash Transfer (TCT) program.

Each beneficiary, identified by the DSWD, will receive P500 monthly in a span of two months.

The program targets struggling individuals and sectors that have not met the criteria to be included in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

The TCT also seeks to close the gap between the non-recipients of the 4Ps, but greatly affected by the impact of the rising cost of basic commodities and services.

“It is crucial for the government to ensure the transparent, efficient, and timely roll-out of the aid to truly benefit those who urgently need it,” De Guia said.

“To sustain poor families in the long term, we equally urge the government to strengthen complementary efforts to stabilize the economy and to provide gainful job and livelihood opportunities,” she added.

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