MANILA, Philippines — More than P3.2 billion cash assistance has been distributed to individuals and families affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) being enforced in Metro Manila, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said.
In his report to President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said a total of 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).
Año said the release of the subsidy is ongoing, assuring the president that the names of recipients and beneficiaries are posted in the LGUs’ offices, official websites and social media platforms to ensure transparency.
“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.
Duterte on Monday approved the release of the P10.894-billion aid for the NCR and the P368 million supplemental budget, bringing the total amount of government support to P11.256 billion.
Aside from residents in Metro Manila, Año said that qualified beneficiaries in 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, Año said.
“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,” he added.