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Laguna, Bataan to conclude cash subsidy distribution soon, says Interior chief

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año gives an update to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Matina, Davao City on September 20, 2021. ROEMARI LIMOSNERO/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The government is concentrating handing over cash aid to the residents of Laguna and Bataan affected by the imposition of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) after completing the distribution of the assistance in the National Capital Region (NCR).

In his report to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said the distribution of the subsidy is 100 percent complete in Metro Manila and the government has disbursed the entire allocation of P11.2 billion.

The distribution of the assistance is ongoing in Laguna, which, at this time, is 96.20 percent complete, according to Año. A total of 2,611,807 recipients has already received the cash aid.

Some 18 local government units (LGUs) in Laguna reported 100 percent accomplishment, and Año said they see the province completing the distribution next week.

In Bataan, the distribution is 73.50 percent complete, with 513,235 beneficiaries receiving the assistance.

So far, only two Bataan municipalities have completed the distribution: Samal and Abucay, Año said.

The Interior chief also made a report on the government’s anti-illegal drug operations, in which, he said, P219,583,535 worth of shabu and marijuana were confiscated in four days of operation.

Año reported that authorities conducted 553 operations from September 14 to 18, resulting in the arrest of 845 personalities. Fourteen suspects surrendered while three died during the drug busts. PND