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Poor in Metro Manila to get P1,000 aid due to August ECQ

Pia Ranada
Poor in Metro Manila to get P1,000 aid due to August ECQ

AID. The local government of General Trias City, Cavite, distributes P1,000 financial aid to tricycle and jeepney drivers affected by limited transport operations due to COVID-19.

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(UPDATED) 'Sigurado pong ibibigay 'yan,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, even if the government has yet to identify a fund source

(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

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.