17 November 2020 – Following recent consecutive typhoons that hit the country, ARTA reminds all concerned government agencies to make fast, simple, and easy the processing of request for assistance of and the delivery of supplies to disaster-stricken communities.

According to ARTA Director General Jeremiah Belgica, the provision of assistance should not be hampered by formalities. He recommends that government agencies shall not await formal requests from barangays and from the public before providing any relief assistance during this
time of calamity.

Nagpapaalala po kami na simplehan at ‘wag po nating pahirapan ang proseso ng pag-hingi ng tulong tuwing kalamidad. Pag nakita na po natin na may pangangailangan ay bigyan na natin agad. As long as an accounting may clearly be made, distribution should proceed unhampered
by formalities. A clear and simple documentation should suffice”, said Director General Belgica.

In a previous meeting with the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the ARTA chief also recommended that DSWD Regional or Field Offices, being at ground zero of the disaster-stricken area, should already monitor if sufficient food and cash assistance has been distributed by the local government officials concerned. If none has been extended by the LGU officials within two (2) days, the DSWD Regional or Field Office shall automatically send a report to the Central Office to send food and cash assistance to the disaster-hit area.

Previously, the President also directed concerned agencies to simplify the process of giving out cash and food assistance to the communities: “Simplify the giving of the money by asking for a proposal, then that proposal should not be studied by days or by months… And all assistance connected with the health of a person o ano, ibigay ninyo”.