Loren Legarda tells gov’t: Release P56B aid for the poor

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This is not the time for government to be stingy.

Antique Rep. Loren Legarda said there’s more than enough funds in the 2019 and 2020 budgets to extend financial aid to poor Filipinos and displaced workers amid the month-long Luzon lockdown.

Citing data from the National Economic and Development Authority, the politiko said there’s more than enough to go around.

“2018 UCT (unconditional cash transfer) P1.7B available. 2019 UCT, P18.708B available. So total, P56.4B available UCT for release to the poor. This is already legislated, appropriated, partly unused, while the poor are in need, so please use it now for those who don’t have income and need food!,” Legarda said.