This mayor is donating salary until 2022 worth ~P3 million for COVID-19 fight

Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco announced on Sunday that he will be donating his entire salary starting April 2020 until his term ends in 2022 to families who are not beneficiaries of the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

The photo was taken in November 2019 during Lola Lorenza’s 100th birthday, way before to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city boss wrote on Facebook:

Pina-compute ko na po ang sweldo ko simula April 2020 hanggang matapos ang termino ko sa June 2022. Ito ay aabot sa P3,291,809.76 (P121,918.88 x 27 months). Kahit hindi ko pa natatanggap ito, idodonate ko na ang buong halaga para mabigyan ang mga kababayan nating hindi nakatanggap ng SAP.

Ipinauubaya ko po sa Navotas CSWDO ang pagpili ng mga bibigyan at ang halaga ng ibibigay. Ang payo ko lang ay isiping mabuti kung magkano ang ibibigay at sino ang bibigyan. Halimbawa po, kapag P8,000 per family, 411 families ang mabibigyan. Kapag P4,000 per family, 822 families ang mabibigyan.

Hindi po gusto ng CSWDO na mamili. Sa tingin ko walang matinong tao ang gugustuhin ang responsibilidad na ito, gayong alam naman natin na hindi lahat ay mabibigyan. Ang pakiusap ko lang, wag tayong magalit sa kanila kung hindi tayo mapipili. Mahirap po talaga itong gawin.

Alam ko pong hindi pa rin ito sapat para mabigyan ang lahat ng mga apektado. Pagpasensyahan niyo na po ang aking nakayanan. Nawa’y makatulong po ito para maibsan ang hirap na ating dinadanas ngayon, lalo na sa mga pamilyang walang-wala sa buhay.

(Rough translation: I got my salary from April 2020 up to the end of my term in 2022 computed. The grand total is P3,291,809.76 [P121,918.88 x 27 months]. I haven’t received this yet but I plan to donate the entire sum to our constituents who will not receive the SAP.

I leave the decision to the Navotas CSWDO who will receive the financial aid and how much they will receive. For example, if the aid is P8,000, it will help 411 families. If P4,000, 822 families.

The CSWDO doesn’t want to make the decision. I feel no one wants to do the tough decision of choosing who will receive aid and not because not everyone will receive financial help. I only ask that let’s not get angry if we aren’t chosen. This is a tough call.

We know that this isn’t enough to help everyone affected [by the COVID-19 lockdown]. We are asking for your understanding on this matter. Still, we hope that this helps especially those who are really struggling to survive [this pandemic].)

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