- Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla wrote a lengthy letter addressed to President Rodrigo Duterte
- In his letter, Remulla appealed to the President to include the middle-class families in the social amelioration programs
- He explained that those who belong in the middle class are struggling as well and need assistance from the government
- The DSWD is implementing the social amelioration programs which include cash subsidiaries to families greatly affected by the COVID-19 crisis
- However, only 18 million families will be covered by the program in 2 months
Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla wrote a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte with regard to the national government’s social amelioration programs.
KAMI learned that Remulla appealed to the President to include the middle-class families in the cash subsidy program during the COVID-19 crisis.
Through a lengthy Facebook post, Remulla commended the national government’s efforts to address the COVID-19 crisis in the Philippines.
“We finally have the leader we have been waiting for,” he wrote.
“Issues which only you had the authenticity to battle. Despite the crisis, the country’s economy is in resilient shape and promises to have a sharp rebound after. Your economic advisers have served you well,” he added.
However, Remulla suggested that middle-class families should be part of the social amelioration programs by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
“I write to you today to appeal for the middle class,” Remulla said.
The governor explained middle class people rely on their monthly pay and government loans and income taxes are deducted from it.
“It is a time of crisis for everyone. Not just the poorest of the poor, but also those who have built much but not enough,” he said.
“They wait for the LGU’s to give them relief goods but those come few and far in between. They scrimp and pawn and borrow. They are barely surviving.
“As governor, I am respectfully asking that you consider them to be part of the social amelioration program. They may not get as much as the poorest of the poor but please consider their welfare. They are often over looked. They pay the most taxes. They keep our economy alive. They are mostly law abiding citizens. They need a break,” he continued.
In a Facebook post by the DSWD, the social amelioration programs include financial aid or Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS).
It also mentioned that 18 million families coming from poor and informal sectors will benefit from the program.
“Ang bawat sambahayan ay makatatanggap ng PHP5,000 hanggang PHP 8,000 na halaga ng mga programa sa social amelioration, batay sa maximum na subsidy sa bawat rehiyon,” it read in the post.
As of posting time, the Department of Health (DOH) has recorded a total of 3,245 cases in the Philippines. Among the patients, 152 have passed away, while 64 of them have recovered.
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