Caloocan City nears completion of ECQ ‘ayuda’ distribution

Published May 4, 2021, 12:04 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

Caloocan City is almost done with the distribution of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) ayuda or cash assistance from the national government and is the leading city in Metro Manila in terms of distribution process.

(Mayor Oca Malapitan / MANILA BULLETIN)

The local government reported on Tuesday that 96.93 percent of the total ECQ ayuda beneficiaries or 388,415 families have already received their cash assistance.

The data was based on a May 3 report from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Caloocan City is the leading city in terms of completing the distribution process. It is followed by Quezon City at 94.96 percent, Mandaluyong at 92.51 percent, and Navotas at 90.68 percent.

Meanwhile, cash assistance that will remain unclaimed will be distributed to single parents, persons with disabilities, and members of tricycle and jeepney drivers and operators’ association not included in the list of beneficiaries who are living in the city, Mayor Oca Malapitan said.

The city’s Social Welfare and Development Department already verified that some beneficiaries listed were not really residents or have already moved to the province and abroad.

Caloocan City received P1.33 billion fund from the national government dedicated for those affected by the reimposition of ECQ in Metro Manila amid surging cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections.