Cavite Gov. Remulla to Pres. Duterte: Please include middle-class families in the social amelioration programs

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A letter written by Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla to President Rodrigo Duterte in connection  to the national government’s social amelioration programs.

According to KAMI, Remulla appealed to the President to include the middle-class families in the cash assistance program amid the COVID-19 crisis.

In Remulla's lengthy Facebook post, he congratulated the national government’s efforts in handling the coronavirus crisis in the Philippines.

“We finally have the leader we have been waiting for,” the Cavite Governor 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.

 Although, Remulla was proposing that middle-class families should be included in the social amelioration programs implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“I write to you today to appeal for the middle class,” Remulla said.

He explained that people belonged to the middle class also 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 added.

 “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).

 They 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,” according to the post.

As of this writing, DSWD has started distributing on April 3 the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) Bayanihan Fund: Tulong Laban sa COVID-19 worth P5,000 to P8,000, based on regional minimum wage rate,  to target beneficiaries in some areas in the National Capital Region (NCR).

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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