The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will now allow the extension of the distribution period of the aid promised to the families affected by the National Capital Region (NCR) Bubble’s implemented enhanced community quarantine.
According to DILG Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya, they will see if the distribution of aid started immediately or on time.
“Hinayaan namin ang LGU na magdesisyon kasi sila nakakaalam sa sitwasyon nila. Sila nakakaalam kung anong kondisyon sa kanilang barangay, ‘yung kahandaan ng kanilang mga tao, ‘yung kahandaan ng treasurer na magbigay ng ayuda at ‘yung resources and logistic na nasa kamay nila,” said Malaya.
“Itong mga desisyon na ito ay may pros and cons, kung minsan mabilis, minsan hindi,” the DILG official added.
Bulacan is an example of this, where most of the local governments have locked down so the distribution of aid did not begin immediately.
The size of the population such as Quezon City will also be considered.
Some local governments also do house-to-house distribution so the distribution of aid is slower, compared to going to distribution centers.
ECQ aid distribution in some LGUs in NCR Plus extended: DILG
So far, 3 LGUs from NCR have signed the extension including Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, and Quezon City, as well as 14 LGUs in Bulacan, 2 in Rizal, 3 in Laguna, and 2 in Cavite.
In line with the distribution of ECQ implementation assistance to the NCR Bubble.
Malaya said that 1/3 of the 11 million beneficiaries in Metro Manila received assistance. Assistance is distributed in cash or in kind, depending on the decision of local governments.
“Bumibilis na po ang ating pamimigay at wala pong tigil ang ating local government units sa pamumudmod ng ayuda mula sa national government,” said Malaya.
Earlier, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced that it has approved the application of nearly 400,000 tourism sector workers for one-time P5,000 cash aid under the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP).
In a statement, DOLE said that as of April 11, CAMP beneficiaries include 370,434 workers from 14,301 tourism establishments, organizations, and associations in the country and 13,123 other workers who have also applied for the program.