DILG reminds LGUs to post list of beneficiaries prior to distribution of cash aid

Marje Pelayo   •   April 6, 2021   •   364

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will start the distribution of the P1,000 per person national government aid to residents in areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on Wednesday, April 7.

The agency reminds the local government units (LGUs) to post the list of beneficiaries before they proceed with the distribution.

“Kailangan na ipaskil muna ang pangalan ng mga indibidwal na benepisyaryo ng ayuda,” said DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya citing Joint Memorandum Circular signed by the DILG, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of National Defense (DND).

“Kailangan po ipaskil ang mga listahang ito sa mga barangay hall at sa mga social media accounts ng ating mga LGU kasama na rin ang Facebook,” he added.

In case of irregularities in the conduct of the distribution of aid, Malaya said the public may direct their complaints to the Grievance and Appeal Committees of the concerned LGU.

The official also reiterated the DILG’s warning to local chief executives not to use the cash aid distribution in early campaigning.

“Hindi pwede isilid sa envelope na may picture nila ang ayudang ito from the national government,” Malaya stressed. “Magsasampa po ang DILG ng kaukulang kaso sa lahat ng lumabag sa kautusang ito.”

READ: DILG warns: Use of politician’s name, photo in aid distribution prohibited

 

Public warned vs. fake COVID-19 vaccines being sold abroad

Marje Pelayo   •   May 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) warned the public to be vigilant against fake coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines being sold abroad.

DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya on Monday (May 3) confirmed that the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a global media advisory warning about fake vaccines being sold in Mexico and Poland.

“Mayroon na pong pinalabas na global media alert ang WHO, kung saan mayroon ngang pekeng bakuna na di umano’y Pfizer na bakuna na nabebenta sa bansang Mexico at Poland,” Malaya said.

The discovered fake vaccine bears lot number 78201 and expiry date of August 24.

Following the global advisory, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año ordered local government units (LGUs) to ensure that they are only transacting with authorized vaccine suppliers to prevent health risks.

“While there is no information yet on the presence of the fake vaccines in the country, LGUs should exercise increased diligence as these fake vaccines may be dangerous to the health of those who get inoculated,” Año said.

The DILG Secretary also directed the Philippine National Police to remain alert on the issue of fake COVID-19 vaccines.

Año also asked the public to immediately report any information on the presence or use of fake vaccines in the country to the National Task Force Vaccine Cluster, via email at c19vaccineopcen@gmail.com or mobile number +639178237310.

So far, no fake vaccines have been reported in the country, according to Malaya.

“Dito po sa ating bansa, hanggang sa ngayon, wala pa rin tayong namo-monitor na nagbebenta nito, but tayo po ay nakikipag-ugnayan na sa BOC at FDA para masiguro po natin na hindi makakapasok sa ating bansa ang mga bakunang ito,” he said.

PACC receives 8,000 complaints on cash aid distribution

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Around 8,000 complaints on cash aid distribution have been received by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).

The PACC, on Thursday (April 15), said during the rollout of the cash aid distribution the agency already received around 8,000 complaints.

PAAC Chairman Greco Belgica said the agency is already coordinating with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to discuss the said reports.

Nakakalungkot, we have just received 8,000 reports tungkol dito. Sina-summarize namin ang reports para sa gagawing meeting with the DILG, para maaksyunan, ma-imbestigahan, makasuhan (It is saddening, we have just received 8,000 reports regarding this matter. We are summarizing the reports for our meeting with the DILG for immediate action, investigation, and for the immediate filing of cases),” he said.

Belgica reiterated the need to increase monitoring during the distribution process in order to avoid any form of anomalies.

Titingnan po namin ang sistemang gagamitin nila bukod sa mga complaints. Monitoring has to be strengthened para maiwasan ang mga ganito (We will look into the system used by the [DILG] aside from the complaints received. Monitoring has to be strengthened to avoid these issues),” he said.

The PACC officials expressed alarm on the number of complaints. He noted that during the previous cash aid distribution, the PACC received around 9,000 complaints. During the recent cash distribution, the agency already received 8,000 complaints.

Belgica advises officials not to take the money especially when families affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic are finding it difficult to get by.

Kaunti na lang po iyan para po sa kanila, para po sa kanilang pamilya para mabuhay. Ibigay na po natin sa kanila iyan dahil kung pinakialaman po natin iyan (The cash aid is not much, it is for the public and their families in order to survive. Give it to them because if you took advantage and we will find out [about it]) we will make sure you will be accountable to it,” he warned. AAC

Nearly 400,000 tourism workers receive P5,000 cash aid from DOLE

Marje Pelayo   •   April 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) approved the application of close to 400,000 tourism sector workers for the one-time P5,000 aid under the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP).

As of April 11, the DOLE said 14,301 tourism establishments, organizations, and associations nationwide have applied for the financial aid on behalf of their employees which account for 370,434 beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, a total of 13,123 workers applied individually for the cash aid.

The awarding was led on Monday (April 12) by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat to select beneficiaries in the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal in a virtual ceremony.

The Labor Chief encouraged tourism sector workers who were displaced by the pandemic “especially those affected by the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila, including the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal to apply for the financial aid” being jointly implemented by the labor and tourism departments.

Of the assistance, P1.2 billion was already remitted to payment centers, while the remaining P719.2 million is awaiting disbursement.

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