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P3.2B cash aid distributed in NCR, 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 August 16, 2021. JOEY DALUMPINES/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The government has distributed a total of P3.2 billion to individuals and families affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila, benefitting more than three million individuals, the country’s interior chief said on Monday.

In his report to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said 3,299,290 individuals received the government cash aid since local government units (LGUs) started handing over the subsidy last August 11.

The distribution of the financial support is based on the provisions of the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 3 of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and LGUs in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The release of the subsidy is continuing, Año said, assuring the President that to ensure transparency, the names of recipients and beneficiaries are posted in the LGUs’ offices, official websites and social media platforms.

“At sa inyo rin pong pag-uutos, atin pong sinupervise (supervise) at mino-monitor ng DILG, DSWD at DND ang distribution sa LGU ng NCR at pati naman po ang mayor ng nasabing LGU ay sumunod din po sa inyong kautusan,” he said.

After the President gave his nod for the release of the P10.894-billion aid for the NCR, he also approved a P368 million supplemental budget, bringing the total government support to P11.256 billion.

Residents of Bataan and Laguna are also set to receive similar support following the President’s approval of subsidies for the two provinces. Bataan will get P700 million while Laguna will receive P2.7 billion.

“Within the week po ay magsisimula na ang pamimigay ng ayuda at sisiguraduhin nating makakaabot sa mga nangangailangan at walang abuso o anumang korapsyon na magaganap,” Año said. PND