Civic groups urge Congress to pass new stimulus bill

Amid the rapid rise of community pantries across the country, civic groups on Monday called on Congress to hold a special session for a new stimulus bill and aid for poor households, arguing that

4/20/2021 3:30:00 AM

Civic groups called on Congress to hold a special session for a new stimulus bill and aid for poor households, arguing that mutual aid cannot and should not be a substitute for legitimate government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. | krixiasINQ

Amid the rapid rise of community pantries across the country, civic groups on Monday called on Congress to hold a special session for a new stimulus bill and aid for poor households, arguing that

In separate statements, groups like Pamalakaya, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas and Bayan all said Congress should deliberate on Bayanihan 3 and appropriate funds for another round of social amelioration.ADVERTISEMENTRealign fundsTo help fund these programs, Congress can opt to realign funds for infrastructure and counterinsurgency projects to cash aid for the poor, said Renato Reyes, secretary general of Bayan.

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“The rise of community pantries all over the country is the incontrovertible proof that government aid for the poor during the pandemic is sorely lacking,” he said in a statement. “Mutual aid is a temporary measure to fill gaps in the delivery of aid to the people. At the end of the day, it is government who should provide support for the people.”

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