Governor Jonvic Remulla open letter to the President: Middle-class families need cash aid too

by Rachelle Siazon
Apr 6, 2020
An excerpt from Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla's (left) open letter to President Rodrigo Duterte: "It is a time of crisis for everyone. Not just the poorest of the poor, but also those who have built much but not enough."
PHOTO/S: Jonvic Remulla / Toto Lozano via PCOO Facebook

Hindi lang low-income families kundi pati middle-class families ay nangangailangan ng ayuda mula sa gobyerno.

Ito ang apela ni Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla kay Presidente Rodrigo Duterte, na nangakong magbibigay ng cash assistance sa taumbayang naghihirap dahil sa COVID-19 crisis.

Pagsusumamo ni Remulla sa Pangulo: "I write to you today to appeal for the middle class...

"As governor, I am respectfully asking that you consider them to be part of SAP.

"They may not get as much as the poorest of the poor but please consider their welfare."

EMERGENCY CASH SUBSIDY

Sa pamamagitan ng ipinasang batas na Bayanihan To Heal As One Act, binigyan ang Pangulo na kapangyarihang iutos ang pagluwal ng pondong nagkakahalaga ng PHP275 billion.

Bibigyan ng cash assistance—mula PHP5,000 hanggang PHP8,000ang low-income households sa loob ng dalawang buwan (Abril at Mayo 2020).

Partikular na ang mahihirap na pamilyang may senior citizens, persons with disabilities, single parents, distressed OFWs, mga buntis, walang tirahan, at indigenous people.

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Tatanggap din ang informal economy workers, tulad ng directly hired o occasional workers, subcontracted workers, homeworkers, househelpers, at drivers.

Gayundin ang farmers, fisherfolk, at farm workers.

Nakabase sa kung ano ang minimum wage kada rehiyon ang matatanggap nilang cash assistance.

Ang mga nasa National Capital Region ang siyang pinakamataas ang makukuhang cash assistance sa halagang PHP8,000.

Alinsunod ito sa joint memorandum circular na ipinatupad ng Inter-Agency Task Force for Managing of Infectious Diseases.

MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES ARE ALSO SUFFERING

Sa open letter ni Remulla, nakasaad na matinding dagok ang COVID-19 crisis pati na rin sa middle-income families.

Inilarawan ni Remulla kung sino ang maituturing na middle class, tulad ng sa bayan niyang Cavite na mayroon daw 70,000 migrants.

"People who have climbed their way up in life: buying a house on mortgage; sending their children through college; having their 1st car or motorcycle on a 5 year installment basis.

"300,000 of them work in manila. 400,000 directly (factory workers) and indirectly (feeding, clothing, driving, retailing) from our economic zones...

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"Families of 8 stay in housing units 24 to 40 square meters small."

Hindi raw nangangahulugang porke't nakatira sa gated subdivisions ay may kakayahan na ang mga itong tugunan ang hirap ng buhay ngayong kasagsagan ng krisis.

Lalo pa't malaki ang nakakaltas sa monthly salaries ng mga ito sa pinagtatrabahuhang small o mid-size enterprises.

Paliwanag pa ni Remulla tungkol sa buhay ng middle-class families: "Double income homes, OFWs, single mothers, transport operators and entrepreneurs, all of them rely on a monthly pay check.

"As grand as their gated villages sound, they are middle class people who see their pay checks every month deducted of their SSS, GSIS, Pag-ibig, and salary loans, and the largest part-income taxes.

"They wait for the LGUs to give them relief goods but those come few and far between. They scrimp and pawn and borrow. They are barely surviving."

Sana raw ay bigyan din ng Pangulo ng pansin ang hirap at tiyaga ng middle-class families.

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"It is a time of crisis for everyone. Not just the poorest of the poor, but also those who have built much but not enough.

"They are often overlooked. They pay the most taxes. They keep our economy alive.

"They are mostly law abiding citizens. They need a break."

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An excerpt from Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla's (left) open letter to President Rodrigo Duterte: "It is a time of crisis for everyone. Not just the poorest of the poor, but also those who have built much but not enough."
PHOTO/S: Jonvic Remulla / Toto Lozano via PCOO Facebook
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