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Go pushes for continued Covid-19 assistance

Senator Christopher Go stated on Thursday that he is not persuaded by a plan to discontinue financial aid for the coronavirus disease of 2019 (Covid-19), noting the fact that the lives and health of the populace are still in risk.

Go, who serves as chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, asked the administration to keep assisting the Filipino people so that no one would go hungry during the public health emergency.

“Ang mga mahihirap natin unahin natin. Prayoridad natin ang pagbibigay ng ayuda sa kanila, una sa lahat. Siguraduhin nating walang magugutom (Let’s give the underprivileged priority. First and foremost, helping them is our top focus. Let’s see to it that nobody goes hungry,” Go stated in a statement.

According to the congressman, helping Filipinos during this pandemic is a top priority as long as finances can be found.

Senator Jinggoy Estrada, however, acknowledged that he opposes the transfer of cash assistance to low-income families after 2023, calling it a “waste of public monies.”

But given that the nation is still far from surviving the pandemic, he advised careful consideration of the suggestion.

“An isaalang-alang paglalaan ng pondo para sa ayuda, sakaling kailanganin na naman ito sa hinaharap. The allocation of funds for help, if it is required again in the future, should still be taken into consideration. Sang-ayon ako na dapat bigyan ng prayoridad sa ngayon ang mas nangangailangan para magtuloy-tuloy ang pagbangon ng ating ekonomiya. I concur that those in need should continue to be given priority for the economy’s continuing recovery “In a separate statement, Estrada stated.

In light of the rising cost of living and the high cost of commodities, he also asked the government to concentrate on creating jobs for the unemployed.

As the nation has “completely recovered” from the pandemic, Department of Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno recently recommended that the government discontinue funding the Covid-19 epidemic.

“On providing ‘ayuda,’ (help), I believe that should already be disregarded given that we have actually recovered fully and due to the constrained fiscal space. Already, the distribution of medication in connection with the epidemic represents a waste of tax dollars, according to Diokno.

Diokno claimed that only when lockdowns were at their worst and citizens’ freedom of movement was severely limited was the giving of monetary help justified.

The Finance Chief stated that it would be more appropriate to continue the current social protection programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development for low-income families with school-aged children, senior citizens, and displaced workers, among others, rather than Covid-19 cash assistance.

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