Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano has asked the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for an extension in the distribution of financial aid for those affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the National Capital Region-plus (NCR-plus).
In an interview on Radyo Singko on Wednesday, Rubiano said they encountered some problems, particularly in the posting of the list of names of the beneficiaries.
” Kasi po, una, tumagal sa pagpoposting at hinihintay kasi yung mga tanong (We had some delays in the posting of names and we also waited for the questions),” the mayor said.
On April 6, the city began posting the names of the beneficiaries in Barangay 51, and on April 7 in Barangays 46, 104, 183, and 201. The city gave residents 24 hours to air their concerns to the Pasay City Social Welfare & Development.
Rubiano said those who are not on the list can wait for the second batch coming from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
“Sa ngayon po, nasa 10 percent pa lang po kami, 34,000 individuals (As of now we have only distributed to about 10 percent which are 34,000 individuals),” she added.
Because of this, the mayor said she opted to ask for an extension from the DILG.
“Sa totoo po, doon po sa mga proseso kasi bago po kayo makagawa ng payroll kailangan talagang clean list eh nanghihingi na rin po kami ng extension at sinubmit din namin doon kung ano yung plano paano ginagawa, ilang barangays ang nakakaya sa DILG po para po mapagbigyan din kami (Actually before we can make a payroll, we need a clean list so that is why we asked for an extension and we submitted to the DILG the plans, the number of barangays we can accommodate so our request may be granted),” Rubiano said.
A total of 123,000 beneficiaries are expected to receive cash aid in the city which received P348 million funding from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
Under Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1, Series of 2021 of the DILG and the DSWD, local government units (LGUs) are directed to determine through an Executive Order the most effective and efficient way of releasing the assistance to their constituents in 15 calendars days upon receipt of the funds if the assistance is in cash or within 30 calendar days if assistance is in kind.