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FALSE: House-to-house distribution of P10,000 pandemic aid ongoing

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FALSE: House-to-house distribution of P10,000 pandemic aid ongoing
The latest amount of financial assistance approved by President Rodrigo Duterte is worth P1,000 per person and a maximum of P4,000 per family
At a glance
  • Claim: House-to-house distribution of financial aid worth P10,000 from the government is ongoing since July 2021.
  • Rating: FALSE
  • The facts: The government is not giving financial aid worth P10,000. The latest amount of financial assistance approved by President Rodrigo Duterte is worth P1,000 per person and a maximum of P4,000 per family.
  • Why we fact-checked this: The video containing this claim has over 144,738 views on YouTube and 185,700 Facebook interactions, as of writing.
Complete details

A video from YouTube channel “Talakan TV” falsely claims that the government is currently going from house to house to distribute financial aid worth P10,000.

The video, uploaded on July 12, is titled: “HOUSE TO HOUSE PAYOUT PARA SA 10K NA AYUDA, ONGOING NA! (House-to-house payout for P10,000 financial assistance now ongoing!)”

The video has 144,738 views on YouTube, as of writing. Data from social media monitoring tool CrowdTangle show that it has also garnered 185,700 Facebook interactions so far.

This is false.

There is no house-to-house distribution of P10,000 financial aid from the government.

Instead, the latest amount of financial assistance approved by President Rodrigo Duterte is worth P1,000 per person and a maximum of P4,000 per family. This was announced on August 2, when the government again placed Metro Manila under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the strictest form of lockdown in the Philippines.

This was the same amount rolled out from March 29 to April 4, when Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite were placed under ECQ following a rise in COVID-19 cases. Both times, only low-income individuals and families were eligible to receive the aid.

Moreover, the false video only shows photos of financial aid distribution in centers, with a recording of DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista explaining the challenges faced by the department in distributing financial aid.

Bautista’s clip came from the pre-SONA forum held on July 7, which was livestreamed by the National Task Force against COVID-19. Bautista’s part starts at the 29:22 mark of the live stream. He did not mention anything about the government giving P10,000 financial aid.

Rappler debunked a related claim in March about the supposed distribution of P10,000 pandemic aid to every Filipino. The House of Representatives has since passed the Bayanihan to Arise As One bill on third and final reading, but its counterpart measure in the Senate remains pending at the committee level as of Tuesday, August 31. – Pauline Macaraeg/Rappler.com

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