Oct 2, 2020

Local netizens voice complaints about LGU relief assistance efforts

Most of the criticisms revolve around the alleged failure of their respective barangays to distribute the assistance to affected households and beneficiaries, in cash and in-kind.

(Photo courtesy of PIO)

Palawan netizens have expressed a mix of criticisms about how the various local government units (LGUs), particularly the barangays, are providing amelioration to all households amidst the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Most of the criticisms revolve around the alleged failure of their respective barangays to distribute the assistance to affected households and beneficiaries, in cash and in-kind.

A common complaint shared by netizens was that many households turned out to be not included in the list that should be receiving assistance packages.

Some went as far as claiming there were irregularities in the distribution of relief assistance.

“Sa amin dito sa San Pedro, kinuha lang ‘yong pangalan at nilista pero hanggang ngayon wala man lang ayuda,” one netizen said.

Most complaints came from city residents of Barangays San Pedro, San Jose, Sta. Monica, San Miguel, Bancao-Bancao, and Mandaragat.

Richard Ligad, chief of the City Information Office (CIO), requested the city residents to be more patient, citing that certain communities are too wide for door-to-door delivery service being implemented.

“Malalaki kasi ‘yong mga barangay na ‘yon. Kakaunti lang ang mga barangay officials natin kaya naka-schedule yan. Kaunting pasensya pero sini-sigurado naman na ‘yong mga kasama sa census noong 2018 ay magkakaroon,” he said.

Certain netizens also pointed out that the published list by their respective officials did not include their names even though their houses were marked with the National Statistics Authority (NSA) stickers.

Ligad also denied the claims that the relief packs and the P1,500 cash assistance were politicized, pointing out that the City Council resolution embraces all identified households, and those identified thereafter.

“Baka during that time walang tao sa bahay kaya hindi naisama. Ang kailangan, magpalista sila sa mga naglilibot at titingnan natin kung magkakaroon pa dahil may priority ‘yong mga nauna nang naka-lista dahil verified na ‘yon,” he added.

An official who sought anonymity said that each barangay only has one patrol mobile that can only carry 150 to 250 relief packs which causes delays because of multiple trips.

“Alam din namin na maraming kababayan natin ang nahihirapan sa panahon ngayon pero kaunting unawa lang po. Kahit mga kamag-anak namin ganyan din ang sinasabi namin,” she said.

Meanwhile, Brgy. Princesa, through its chairman Leo Guiling Pinto, on Friday has distributed some two kilos worth of fish for its constituents.

Some residents were grateful for the initiative saying, “Job well-done talaga at masustansya pa kesa sa de lata at noodles.”

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