Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano assured that the city is prepared to provide aid in case the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation continues to go out of hand.
“May hinanda rin po naman kami in case talagang, huwag naman, talagang lumala at magtuloy-tuloy… mayroon din kaming hinahanda kahit papano na mga ayuda sa aming mga mamamayan (In case it continues to get worse, I hope not, we are readying some aid for our residents),” Rubiano said.
In the past few days, baskets of fruits, vegetables, and other basic food items were distributed by the Pasay City Government to residents who were afflicted with COVID-19.
Rubiano said that not only those who tested positive were given, but also their close contacts.
Meanwhile, the mayor said that distribution of the financial aid from the national government will continue even on weekends.
In her last update, a total of 21,766 families or 70,822 individuals have been given aid intended for those affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the National Capital Region-plus (NCR-plus).
Pasay has already asked the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for an extension in the financial aid distribution.
Rubiano said that they encountered some problems particularly in the posting of the list of names of the beneficiaries.
She added there were some errors in the list provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) such as the names of the beneficiaries.
The mayor said that they had to remove residents who have already transferred to other cities for good.
A total of 123,000 beneficiaries are expected to receive cash aid in the city which received P348 million from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).