Distribution of P1,000 cash aid in Bulacan only 2.5-percent complete
CITY OF MALOLOS –– The distribution of the P1,000 cash aid to almost three million residents in Bulacan province could be completed by May 6, officials said.
As of Tuesday, April 13, only 2.5 percent of the total P2.9 billion financial assistance allotted for the province had been given to beneficiaries.
Reiner Grospe, information officer of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Luzon, said some of the list of beneficiaries in various towns have yet to be completed.
Among the first to receive the cash aid were 33,797 residents from 10,316 families in the towns of Bocaue, Bustos, Donya Remedios Trinidad (DRT), Marilao, Norzagaray, Plaridel, Pulilan, San Miguel, and Obando, and the cities of Meycauayan and San Jose del Monte.
A total of 1,524 residents in Plaridel, 5,411 in Sta. Maria, and 14,180 in Guiguinto also received the assistance.
Bulacan, along with Metro Manila and the provinces of Laguna, Cavite and Rizal, were placed on a two-week enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) that began on March 28 due to rising cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Bulacan and these areas had reverted to the less stringent modified enhanced community quarantine.
Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado released the budget for the cash aid through the Local Budget Circular No. 136 dated March 30.
This after President Duterte approved a P1,000-worth of in-kind or cash aid per person affected by the lockdown.
Some 22.9 million beneficiaries from these areas are expected to receive aid from the government.
Several members of a family can each receive the ECQ aid, but a family with more than three members would be given only a maximum of P4,000.
The funds came from the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act under Republic Act 11494 which would be effective until June 30 under Republic Act 1151.
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