Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Eduardo Año on Wednesday said the distribution of the cash aid for qualified recipients in Metro Manila will possibly begin on August 6, when the region is under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
“We might start the aid distribution once the ECQ starts. There might be a few changes but the LGUs have the final say in terms of determining who would be included on the list so these things will be easily resolved,” Año said in a radio interview in Filipino.
Some P13.1 billion worth of cash assistance will be distributed to around 10.7 million Metro Manila residents who will be affected by the strictest quarantine status from August 6 to 20.
Año also clarified that the final list of beneficiaries will be provided by the LGUs, with the aid to be distributed either through manual payout, money remittance centers, or house-to-house distribution.
While noting that there is no rule prohibiting unvaccinated persons from leaving their homes, he advised them to be extra careful to avoid contracting the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
If possible, Año said vaccinated members of the household should be the ones going out to buy food, medicine, or other essential needs.
“Those we call employees of establishments authorized under ECQ and those who will be vaccinated are considered APORs. So those are the only ones that will be allowed and we will be strict here because our objective here is to restrict the actions of the people so that we can stop the transmission chain, especially since we already have Delta variant transmissions,” he said.
In a zoom meeting with the business sector and other Cabinet members on Wednesday, Año encouraged the private sector to chip in their ideas and suggestions on how the lockdowns can be carried out while minimizing the blow on the people and the economy.
He reiterated that the business and private groups should not hesitate in offering their insights and suggestions stressing that the fight against Covid-19 is a shared responsibility between the government and the people.Admitting that the current pandemic may be frightening for others, Año called on people not to be intimidated by these trials and that these should serve as a catalyst “for us to unite and act together.’’