(UPDATED) Low-income individuals and families are sure to get cash aid due to the August 6 to 20 enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), said Malacañang on Monday, August 2.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced the amount would be P1,000 per person or a maximum of P4,000 for each family.
“Sigurado pong ibibigay ‘yan. Ang mandato ng Presidente, humanap kayo ng pera (It will surely be given. The mandate of the President is to look for the money),” said Roque.
Department of Budget and Management officials will be meeting at 1:30 pm on Monday to find funding sources for the aid. Roque was confident that funds are available.
“What’s for sure is, no ECQ if there’s no aid,” said the Duterte spokesman.
On Tuesday, August 3, Roque said DBM decided to source the funds from savings of government agencies, pursuant to Administrative Order No. 41 signed by Duterte last May.
“The amount we will use for 10.7 million residents who will get aid in Metro Manila is a total of P13.1 billion,” said Roque, adding that the extra amount is for contingencies should there be more beneficiaries in government lists.
He even said the aid would be distributed before the start of the August 6 to 20 lockdown. This was the reason, said Roque, why the national government decided to give Metro Manila and the government one week to prepare, in the form of a declaration of general community quarantine with heightened and additional restrictions.
The P1,000 amount is the same amount of cash aid given to low-income persons in other areas under ECQ, like Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro City, and Gingoog City. – Rappler.com