Muntinlupa resident suggests dividing financial assistance among total population

Published April 14, 2021, 1:49 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

Amid the ongoing distribution of the national government’s financial assistance or “ayuda,” a Muntinlupa resident has suggested dividing the entire fund among the city’s total population so everyone will have a share.

Distribution of financial assistance in Brgy. Buli, Muntinlupa

Felixberto Mangada of Brgy. Bayanan in Muntinlupa has posted several videos on Facebook to express his frustration over the distribution of the financial assistance.

The national government has allotted P442.19 million for the financial assistance in Muntinlupa and according to Mangada, this can be divided among the city’s population.

“P1,469 ang mabibigyan na pera sa kada tao ng Muntinlupa (Each resident of Muntinlupa will get P1,469),” he said in one video based on his estimate.

The financial assistance was granted by the national government to residents affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the National Capital Region and the nearby provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan.

According to a joint memorandum circular by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the priority groups for the financial assistance are beneficiaries of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP); additional SAP beneficiaries under Bayanihan Act 2; SAP wait-listed beneficiaries; those belonging to vulnerable groups such as low-income individuals living alone, solo parents and persons with disabilities; and other qualified individuals as determined by each local government unit. Each qualified individual will get P1,000 up to a maximum of P4,000 per family.

The lists of beneficiaries have been posted by barangays and local government units in Metro Manila including Muntinlupa but many are complaining that their names are not included.

According to the city government, they are following the circular on the priority list of beneficiaries.

“The financial assistance from the national government has guidelines. There are beneficiaries, like for example, those who received SAP1, SAP2 and 4Ps [Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program]. It is not possible to give it to anyone,” City Administrator Allan Cachuela told DZRH News.

He added that other possible recipients will be endorsed by each barangay and the city’s Social Service Department will make the verification.

Cachuela added that the city government cannot divert from the guidelines and the distribution of the funds is subject to liquidation

For grievances and appeals, the city government said residents can contact the numbers 09686503594 and 09452266405, or send an email to [email protected]