DILG to barangays: Voter’s ID not required to seek help

Rambo Talabong
'Panahon po ngayon ng magandang pamamahala, hindi po panahon ng politika,' says DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya

HELP FOR ALL. Navotas City gives out relief packs for its residents. Photo from Navotas City local government's Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – Barangays should not ask for the voter’s identification card of residents in their area before they give out help, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Wednesday, March 25.

“There are LGUs (local government units) asking for voter’s ID and require [a] list of voters before helping,” DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said during the government’s Laging Handa briefing.

“Bawal po ‘yan. Panahon po ngayon ng tulong. Panahon po ngayon ng magandang pamamahala, hindi po panahon ng politika (That’s prohibited. This is a time of help. This is a time for good governance, not a time for politics),” he added.

The national government is so far primarily counting on LGUs to provide essentials for Filipinos affected by multiple lockdowns across the country, which are being enforced to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus.

Malaya added that when barangays distribute food packs, they should already give families food that would last for at least 3 days. This is to lessen the need for residents to go out, as leaving their homes may increase the chances of them getting infected. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.