Critics see 2010 polls in GMA’s P 12-B subsidy for poor families
Rabid critics of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo dismissed the presidential allocation of P 12-B subsidy for poor families under the Pantawid Gutom program as an early campaign election fund aimed at boosting the chances of Palace favored bets in the 2010 elections.
“P 12 billion is P 12 billion. That’s a lot of money for national and local candidates running under the corrupt and immoral party of President Arroyo in 2010′, said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap in a press statement.
Hicap added:” The promotional blitz for Malacañang backed national candidates will take a free ride from this nationally orchestrated charity and dole out offensive of President Arroyo to improve their chances of winning in 2010.”
The Pamalakaya leader theorized the electoral target of the Malacañang for potential votes are the 3.7 million poorest families in the country who could constitute between 7.4 million to 10 million votes enough.
“President Arroyo will make avail of all resources available for her disposition to boost the winning chances of her political lapdogs in 2010 elections for her own political survival. And this is the political purpose of the P 12-B fund,” added Hicap.
Pamalakaya said the P 12-billion budget for poor families should be scrutinized during the budget hearings for the Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD) and other related budget items such as the Internal REvenue Allotment.
The group said the House of Representatives should also make an inquiry on how and what are the impacts of previous pro-poor projects of the government, and if these projects consisting of one-time P 500 subsidy really improved rhe quality of life of the people.
Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya last week said the P 12 billion subsidy for poor families is included in the proposed P1.541-trillion 2010 national budget or more than double this year’s allocation of P5 billion.
Andaya said the program targets another 1 million poor families as beneficiaries. Under Pantawid Gutom progam, each beneficiary receives a one-time financial subsidy of at least P500.
In the past, Mrs. Arroyo ordered the grant of P500 assistance to help poor families in Metro Manila and the province pay for their electricity bills.
Last year, senior citizens all over the country get thei P 500 one-time assistance fund from the government. #