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Barangay officials, DSWD clash over ayuda payout

DSWD personnel arrived at the payout site at 3 p.m. when residents had lined up to receive their ayuda as early as 4 a.m. that day

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Some 2,000 residents of Barangay Commonwealth in Quezon City complained of the rough treatment they received from representatives of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) during last Saturday’s payout of the national government’s financial assistance to families affected by the recent declaration of enhanced community quarantine.

Because of the treatment they got from DSWD personnel, there was a commotion among the residents, which was caught on video and went viral on social media.

Manuel Co, Barangay Commonwealth chairperson, said the DSWD personnel arrived at the payout site at 3 p.m. when residents had lined up to receive their ayuda as early as 4 a.m. that day.
Co said the DSWD personnel were hot tempered over the number of people who turned out for the distribution of financial assistance.

“They showed up at 3 p.m., and they were angry at the poor people who lined up. They were very rude. The barangay coordinated properly with the beneficiaries. It was the DSWD who had a problem,” Co explained.

Although there was a standing order from the Quezon City mayor not to make the fund release difficult for the beneficiaries, the DSWD staff required those in line to first secure a barangay certificate before the payout.

Co pointed to a DSWD personnel he identified as Sharalyn Abuloc who declared there would be no payout if the barangay cannot provide the beneficiaries with the certificates.
The barangay chairperson expressed his annoyance with the DSWD staff, pointing out they did not even apologize for their tardiness.

“They don’t feel the people’s hardship. They are hungry having been in line since the early morning. Even just P20 is important to them,” Co said.

He admitted he pitied his constituents who were treated roughly.

“They should know that the people are hungry. Instead of being patient, they were arrogant. The requirements were also difficult to produce right that moment. If you already have a barangay ID, why do you still need a barangay certificate?” he added.

The barangay official said they worked hard to provide the ayuda recipients with the certifications the DSWD required to receive the cash assistance.

The Daily Tribune has reached out to DSWD for a comment on the incident, but failed to receive its reply as of press time.

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