MANILA, Philippines – Local government units (LGU) in Metro Manila will begin on Wednesday, August 11, the distribution of cash aid to population affected by the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said.
In his report to President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that LGUs in Metro Manila, along with the DILG, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Department of National Defense are working for the issuance of the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 3.
Under DILG’s Joint Memorandum Circular No.3 series of 2021, P10.98 billion will be used to subsidize over 10 million low-income Filipinos in Metro Manila.
Año said the recipients will be the low-income individuals and families identified by the LGUs. Long-term or temporary NCR residents affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) are entitled to receive the cash aid.
The interior chief said they are working on a P278-million supplemental budget to ensure that all qualified Metro Manila residents will receive government support.
“At sisiguraduhin po na magiging maayos ang distribution sa tulong ng Philippine National Police at Armed Forces of the Philippines. Magbibigay po ako ng ulat kada linggo kapag nagsimula na po ang ating pagbibigay ng ayuda,” he said.
Metro Manila was placed under ECQ from August 6 to 20 to curb the further spread of COVID-19, particularly its highly transmissible variants.
Año said the DILG will strictly enforce government guidelines on the movement of people within the ECQ area.
The DILG has released an advisory to the LGUs for aggressive testing, contact tracing and isolation of infected individuals to contain the spread of the virus, he added.