The start of the distribution of cash aid to residents affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR) has been set for Wednesday, according to the chairman of the Metro Manila Council (MMC).
MMC Chairman and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said mayors in NCR will distribute the cash aid to affected residents simultaneously. The government estimated the cash aid required for affected residents is P13 billion.
“Napag-usapan namin na lahat ng syudad sa Metro Manila, sa Miyerkules magsisimula lahat. Simultaneously lahat. Magsisimula ang pagbibigay ng financial assistance sa lahat ng mga residente na affected ng ECQ (We discussed that in all cities in Metro Manila the distribution of cash aid will start on Wednesday. That will be simultaneous. The distribution of the financial assistance to all residents affected by ECQ will start),” he said in a radio interview.
Olivarez added that those who are registered under previous social amelioration programs (SAP) are qualified to receive aid while those who are not will have to register.
Based on Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 3, series of 2021, LGUs in NCR local government units (LGUs) may begin the distribution of the financial assistance in middle of this week after making the necessary preparations.
JMC No. 3 outlines the implementing guidelines for the distribution of financial assistance of P1,000 per low-income individual with a maximum P4,000 per low-income family who are affected by the ECQ in NCR, pursuant to Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Resolution No. 130-E which took effect on August 6.
Both Local Budget Circular No. 138 issued by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and JMC No. 3 tasked the LGUs, under the supervision of the DILG, to release the financial assistance to their respective constituents.
LGUs are given 15 calendar days to manage the distribution of the financial assistance from the start but said the period may be extended upon request of the LGU.