Guidelines on ‘ayuda’ distribution in NCR Plus released

UNTV News   •   April 2, 2021   •   763

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have released implementing guidelines on the distribution of aid to NCR Plus residents affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

A joint memorandum circular was issued on Thursday (April 1) to serve as guidance in the allocation of financial assistance after President Duterte approved the release of P22.9 billion to affected individuals.

The assistance of P1,000 per person will be given to low-income earners whose livelihoods have been severely affected by the ongoing ECQ in Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite — collectively tagged as “NCR Plus”.

The DSWD shall generate the list of beneficiaries. Once the local government units receive their respective funds, it should be distributed among the intended recipients within 15 calendar days if given in cash and within 30 calendar days if in kind.

DILG spokesperson, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said that the decision to provide the aid in either cash or in-kind will be up to LGUs.

“The LGUs have the discretion to determine if the assistance will be given in cash or in-kind provided that the assistance gets to their constituents soonest,” he said.

Individuals who are qualified to receive aid but not on DSWD’s list may still be included by the LGU provided that there are still remaining funds to accommodate them.

The LGUs shall post the list of target beneficiaries on their official social media accounts, websites and public areas where the community can see it for reference and transparency.

The DILG will form a joint monitoring and inspection team for each LGU to ensure that the allocated assistance will reach intended recipients.

 

DBM chief Avisado goes on medical leave; gets slammed by Bayan Muna amid ayuda concerns

Maris Federez   •   August 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Wendel E. Avisado goes on medical leave from August 02 to 13, 2021.

A statement released on Sunday (August 1) read that this is following the DBM chief’s recent bout with COVID-19 where he was hospitalized for 8 days and quarantined for over a month.

The decision was also based upon the advice of his doctor to undertake a series of examinations as it has been 14 years, the statement said, since he had undergone a quadruple open heart bypass.

To ensure that services of the Department remain unhampered, Undersecretary Tina Rose Marie L. Canda will serve as Officer-in-Charge during this period, the statement further read.

The DBM assured that it will remain “steadfast and committed to its mandate of promoting the efficient and effective management of the national budget to support its budget priorities especially in the midst of the pandemic.”

Meanwhile, Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate slammed Avisado for taking a medical leave amid a stricter lockdown as Metro Manila and several provinces and cities are placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) starting Aug. 6.

“Just the other day Secretary Avisado said that he was still trying to find funds for the much-needed ayuda and awaited only a clear directive from President. Was such directive already given?” Zarate asked. “Was he able to find the budget to help our people before the ECQ is implemented?”

The lawmaker also asked the DBM for the 2022 budget proposal, stressing that the pandemic will very likely continue beyond 2021.

“Also, Congress still awaits the executive’s budget proposal for 2022 from the DBM. Is it done already? There is a need to immediately tackle the budget as we are still in the middle of a raging, surging pandemic; we must all act with urgency. This is also the reason why we are pushing for the fast-tracking of the Bayanihan 3 so that funds can be allotted for aid, ASAP,” he said.

“The Bayanihan 3 should be separate, supplemental budget this year. It should not be included in the 2022 budget proposal because our affected people need the ayuda now,” he added.

Zarate also proposed the sourcing of financial aid from the National Budget Circular 586 and the P4.5 billion presidential confidential and intelligence funds for the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, in case there is still a lack of funds for financial assistance.

Malacañang assures cash aid to ECQ-affected areas

Marje Pelayo   •   July 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed that families and individuals affected by the recent Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) classification will soon be able to receive assistance from the national government.

In an announcement on Thursday (July 29), Roque said each individual in ECQ-affected areas will receive P1,000 each or as much as P4,000 per family under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“Uulitin ko po, nandiyan na po ang assistance na sinabi ng Pangulo na kinakailangan ibigay pag tayo po ay nag ECQ,” said Secretary Roque.

“Ang pondo po ay dina-download na po sa mga lokal na pamahalaan ng Iloilo province, Iloilo City, Cagayan de Oro City, at Gingoog City,” he added.

The said areas were retained under ECQ from August 1 to 7, 2021 according to the latest recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

The recommendation was approved Wednesday night (July 28) by President Rodrigo Duterte.

COVID-19 reproduction rate sa NCR, muling tumaas; panibagong surge pinangangambahan – OCTA

Robie de Guzman   •   July 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Nagbabala ang OCTA Research team hinggil sa posibilidad ng muling pagkakaroon ng COVID-19 surge dahil sa tumataas na namang reproduction rate sa National Capital Region (NCR).

Ayon sa OCTA Research team, umaabot ngayon sa 1.15 ang reproduction rate sa NCR na mas mataas kumpara sa 0.91 noong nakaraang linggo.

Ibig sabihin, higit na sa isang tao ang maaaring mahawa ng isang nag-positibo sa COVID-19.

Ayon kay OCTA Research Fellow, Dr. Guido David, ang nakikitang pagtaas ngayon ay kagaya umano noong panahon na nagkaroon ng COVID-19 surge sa bansa sa unang bahagi ng taon.

“We are seeing an increase which is similar to the increase we saw last February,” ani David.

Naniniwala si David na ang pagkalat ng Delta variant ang isa sa mga sanhi ng muli na namang pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

“Based on the evidence that there are local cases of the Delta variant in Manila and the NCR, there is sufficient cause to suspect na at least part of this is driven by the Delta variant,” ani David.

Kapag muling tumaas ang kaso ng COVID-19, mapupuno ang mga ospital at mangangailangan muli ng mas maraming facility beds at manpower ang mga ospital lalo na sa NCR Plus areas.

Kaya panawagan ng grupo sa pamahalaan, pabilisin ang COVID-19 response at agad magpatupad ng mga hakbang upang mapigilan ang lubhang pagtaas ng mga kaso.

“Maybe it’s too early to call it a surge pero we should not wait for it to become a surge before we act on it. It’s better if we are cautious. We act on this now and make preparations, interventions,” dagdag pa niya.

Bagaman hindi pa makumpirma sa ngayon kung mayroon nang local transmission ng Delta variant, sinabi ni Health Secretary Francisco Duque III na may posibilidad na nangyayari na nga ito.

“As we ramp up our response, our capacities we need to assume na mayroon ng local transmission but there is yet no evidence to establish because investigations are ongoing to link this identified local cases to and international travelers who might have brought it here,” ani Duque.

Once you are able to establish that then mas maganda because of course it doesn’t mean only just because ma-link mo siya into a international traveller you let your guards down, you don’t, that’s why you continue to assume that there is transmission,” dagdag pa niya.

Tiniyak naman ng Department of Health na pinaghahandaan na ng pamahalaan ang posible pang pagtaas ng COVID-19 cases sa bansa.

Bukod sa oxygen supply ay nagdagdag na rin ng hospital beds sakaling dumami ang mga pasyenteng kailangang i-admit sa mga pagamutan.

Sa kasalukuyan ay nasa 47 na ang naitatalang kaso ng Delta variant sa bansa. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

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