By Junex Doronio
April 5, 2021
SILANG, Cavite — Saying a week ago that the distribution of cash aid to those residents in the so-called NCR (National Capital Region) Plus, which includes Cavite, under the extended Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) would be a “disaster in the making,” Governor Jonvic Remulla on Monday asked the national government that all of the 1.3 million households in the country’s largest province should have their fair share.
Remulla lamented that only P3.2 billion SAP (Social Amelioration Program) budget was allocated by the national government for the province.
“The budget allocation is based on the 2010 census: 3.2 million was Cavite’s population eleven years ago. Today, the headcount is approx. 4.2 million citizens,” the governor noted.
He further observed that the current allocation gives very little flexibility on how to serve the people most equitably.
“Are the middle-class families living in the over 2,000 subdivisions disqualified again?” Remulla asked.
In view of this, the governor presented the following suggestions to the national government:
“There are approximately 1.3 million households in Cavite. Ang nais ko sana ay mabigyan natin ng ayudang patas ang bawat pamilya. Sa P3.2B ay kaya ang hanggang P2,500 per family,” Remulla said.
He promised to commit to full accounting and transparency in the disbursement of funds.
“By doing so, maiiwasan ang mali kung gagawin nating patas ang sistema. Walang inggitan at reklamo sa mga hindi maaabutan. Ang middle class na laging nakakalimutan ay tiyak protektado at garantisado,” Remulla said. (AI/MTVN)