The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday said the distribution of aid has reached 91 percent or P21.06 billion given to low-income earners in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus area as of May 15, the deadline set by the national government.
The agency said 37 local government units (LGUs) reached 100 percent completion in aid distribution.
DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said that amid all the challenges, the LGUs delivered their end of the bargain on the distribution of ‘ayuda‘ to millions of beneficiaries, with most registering a 90 percent completion rate as of May 15.
He said the 91 percent distribution rate is a testament to the LGUs’ commitment to extend the most help they can give to their constituents.
“As you know, the distribution of the assistance at this time of a pandemic was a big challenge. We are elated with the commitment we saw from the LGUs. And now billions of pesos of financial assistance have reached our kababayans. The 91 percent or P21.06 billion ‘ayuda‘ distributed to qualified beneficiaries is a victory for the LGUs and the national government,” Año said.
He explained that the remaining 9 percent represents the unclaimed ‘ayuda‘ and they have granted the LGUs with unclaimed funds the authority to prepare a new payroll and distribute these to other affected individuals in their respective communities within 10 days.
On May 15, Año said Bulacan tallied the highest completion rate of 96.85 percent corresponding to P2.87 billion worth of financial assistance with 12 LGUs namely Balagtas, Baliwag, Bocaue, Calumpit, Doña Remedios Trinidad, Guiguinto, Norzagaray, Pandi, Paombong, Plaridel, San Miguel and, San Rafael finishing their ‘ayuda‘ distribution.
Laguna tallied 19 LGUs which have completed aid distribution, the most among the whole NCR Plus bubble while garnering a high completion rate of 96.50 percent corresponding to P2.62 billion worth of financial aid distributed.
Among the LGUs which have completed distribution of ‘ayuda’ in Laguna are the cities of Biñan, Cabuyao, San Pedro, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, and the towns of Alaminos, Calauan, Famy, Kalayaan, Lumban, Mabitac, Magdalena, Nagcarlan, Paete, Pagsanjan, Pakil, Pila, Rizal and Siniloan.
Meanwhile, Rizal followed with 93.34 percent, NCR with 90.99 percent; and Cavite with 86.04 percent, with five LGUs including Tagaytay City, Amadeo, Mendez, Naic, and Noveleta completing the aid distribution.
DILG Undersecretary Jonathan E. Malaya said Metro Manila LGUs have tallied 90.99 percent completion rate amounting to P10.17 billion worth of ‘ayuda‘ distributed to qualified families within the region. SOVEREIGNPH