Metro Manila residents to get lockdown cash aid before Maundy Thursday: DSWD

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Posted at Apr 06 2020 11:45 AM

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The Philippines will distribute cash aid for the poorest residents of Metro Manila before Maundy Thursday, 4 weeks into the month-long lockdown of the entire Luzon to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the social welfare department said Monday. 

Some 18 million families in Luzon that barangay officials selected as beneficiaries would receive P8,000 each under the Bayanihan Heal as One Act. 

"Dito sa NCR, starting today and before the Holy Week, Thursday e talagang tuloy-tuloy na iyong rollout," said Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista. 

(Here in the National Capital Region, starting today and before the Holy Week, the rollout will be continuous.) 

A homeless man shares food to a fellow homeless family as they take shelter along an empty street following the lockdown at the Philippine main island to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Manila, April 2, 2020. Eloisa Lopez, Reuters

The aid distribution in provinces encountered initial delays due to difficulty in consolidating data on beneficiaries from island towns. The DSWD revised its protocol to allow the distribution pending the submission of requirements, he said. 

The public may call hotline 8951-2803 for complaints on non-inclusion in the aid, Bautista told DZMM. 

"'Wag po tayong mag-alala dahil sisiguraduhin po ng executive Cabinet secretaries na gagawa po ng paraan para ma-ensure natin na lahat ng qualified target beneficiary e mabibigyan po ng cash amelioration program," he said. 

(Don't worry because the executive Cabinet secretaries will find a way to ensure that all qualified target beneficiaries will be included in the cash amelioration program.) 

The Philippines on Sunday confirmed 152 new cases of the disease, which brought the nationwide total to 3,246. The tally included 152 deaths and 64 recoveries. 

Duterte between Sunday and Tuesday might decide on whether or not to extend Luzon's lockdown, initially set until April 12, 2 days before the government begins mass testing for the respiratory pandemic, said COVID-19 Response Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez, Jr. 

DZMM, April 6, 2020