The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) earlier presented a proposal to refuse giving out provisions to beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) if they refuse inoculation for Covid-19.
MANILA, Philippines — A number of senators, however, struck down the idea, saying the laws of 4Ps are cannot be changed or edited on a whim.
“Hindi pwedeng gawin yan kung walang batas, at hindi ako sasangayon. Unang-unang, may batas na nagsasabing ipagpatuloy itong 4Ps program at di mo pwede dagdagan ang mga kondisyon dyan,” Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said in an interview on Radio DZBB.
(You can’t do that without any law; I don’t agree to that. In the first place, there is a law that says the government should continue the 4Ps program and you can’t just add some conditions
Senator Aquilino Pimentel III shared the sentiment, expressing that the “no vaccination, no subsidy” policy would be contradictory to the government’s program because it was meant to extend its hands on the marginalized.
“All of a sudden, dadagdagan mo ng condition ang 4Ps, in effecting, forcing the vaccines, para makatanggap ng ayuda? Mandatory ba ito? Kasi kelangan nila ng pera, tulong eh. Disagree po ako dun, huwag nilang baguhin yung rules of the program in the middle of the implementation of the program,” he said.
(All of a sudden you are putting additional conditions on the 4Ps, in effect, forcing them to take the vaccines, just so they can receive cash aid? Is this mandatory? Because they need cash, they need help. I disagree with that proposed policy. They should not change the rules in the middle of the implementation of the program.)
Senator Risa Hontiveros also agreed with the other senators, saying the proposal would not benefit the ones 4Ps should be helping. (HMP/JuanManila)