Workers are now asking for cash aid amid the implementation of more extensive and stricter lockdowns on the increase in COVID-19 cases in the Philippines in connection with the more contagious Delta variant.
On Friday morning, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced that Metro Manila would be placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from August 6 to 20 – in addition to other provinces that are also ECQ today.
“Increased testing capacity, and surveillance of the Delta variant must be ensured. We also demand a clear plan of action for jobs that will be affected, especially those hardest hit by restriction of movement,” said Kilusang Mayo Uno.
“We demand an unconditional P5,000 cash aid to all affected families under ECQ.”
Yesterday, Malacañang announced that the families in areas under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) would receive a cash aid of P1,000 to P4,000.
According to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, the cash aid is under the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations.
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Workers ask for P5K cash aid ahead of 2-week ECQ
“Nariyan na po ang assistance na sinabi ng Pangulo (Rodrigo Duterte); dinadownload na po sa LGUs (local government units),” Roque said.
President Rodrigo Duterte has now instructed the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to seek additional funding to assist residents affected by ECQ lockdowns starting next week in the National Capital Region (NCR).
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairperson Benhur Abalos earlier confirmed that the government would provide cash aid to families in Metro Manila. However, no one has yet said exactly how much it is.
Under the ECQ, 100% of residents must be at home only to prevent COVID-19 infection. Public transportation and flights are prohibited. Exercise outside is not allowed, and only going out will be allowed during essential activities such as buying food and medicine.
ECQ is one of the reasons why millions will lose their jobs in 2020 and 2021, especially as many establishments will be closed and not allowed to operate.