Bayan Muna rep disagrees with 'full-blown execution' of national ID system: “untimely, impractical, and burdensome for the poor.”

Bayan Muna Rep. Ferdinand Gaite / photo from Twitter

Bayan Muna party list representative disagrees with the suggestion of Senate President Vicente Sotto III to have a “full-blown execution” of the national ID system to resolve the problems during distribution of subsidy amid the coronavirus situation in the country.

Rep. Ferdinand Gaite of the said party list said that it is “untimely, impractical, and burdensome for the poor.”

“Instead of hastening delivery of aid, this would slow it down further and unnecessarily burden our poor kababayans (countrymen) who would have to secure requirements for the ID. This might even deprive more rather than provide and expand access to government aid,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

“What would hasten the delivery of aid is the identification of those who are exempted from receiving. These are the richest 10% of the population or, based on a population of 108 million or approximately 20 million families, just around 2 million families,” Gaite added

The lawmaker suggested that government should utilize the list of the “poorest of the poor” in the 4Ps beneficiary database.

“The government must also forego of its plan to deduct the total cost of food packs and the 4Ps assistance/CCT they already received. Huwag na nilang tipirin ang mga higit na nangangailangan,” Gaite stressed

Sotto earlier explained that national ID system execution would address the discrepancies between local government units vs the database of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

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