A total of P21.06 billion of the national government’s cash aid has already been distributed to the recipients in NCR (National Capital Region)-plus as the deadline expired given for its disbursement ends on May 15.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Monday, May 17 that the “ayuda (cash aid)’’ disbursed translates to a 91 percent distribution rate with 37 local government units (LGUs) completing the cash assistance payout.
Despite the challenges, DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said the LGUs delivered their end of the bargain on the distribution of the ayuda to millions of beneficiaries with most registering 90 percent completion rate as of May 15.
He said the 91 percent distribution rate is a testament to the LGUs commitment to extend the most help they can give to their constituents.
“Alam ninyo po isang malaking hamon po talaga itong pamamahagi ng ayuda sa panahon ng pandemia at nakakatuwa na (You know the biggest challenge is to have the ayuda distribution in the midst of the pandemic and it pleases us that) we saw the commitment of the LGUs. And now billions of pesos of financial assistance have reached our kababayans (countrymen). The 91 percent or P21.06 billion ayuda distributed to qualified beneficiaries is a victory for the LGUs and the national government,” Año said.
Año explained that the remaining nine percent (undistributed cash aid) represents the unclaimed ayuda and the LGUs were granted the authority to prepare a new payroll and distribute this to other qualified recipients in their communities within 10 days.
“Despite diligent efforts by the LGUs, some of the beneficiaries did not claim their ayuda because they have moved to the provinces or are no longer residing in their LGUs. Many of them were also delisted because they were found to be duplicates in the social amelioration program (SAP) list. The LGUs have started to prepare a new payroll in order to distribute these unclaimed funds,” he added.
On May 15, Año said that Bulacan tallied the highest completion rate of 96.85 percent corresponding to P2.87-billion worth of financial assistance with 12 LGUs namely Balagtas; Baliwag; Bocaue; Calumpit; Doña Remedios Trinidad; Guiguinto; Norzagaray; Pandi; Paombong; Plaridel; San Miguel; and, San Rafael finishing their ayuda distribution.
Laguna tallied 19 LGUs which have completed ayuda dissemination, the most among the whole NCR Plus bubble while garnering a high completion rate of 96.50 percent corresponding to P2.62-billion worth of financial aid distributed.
Among the LGUs which have completed distribution of ayuda in Laguna are: City of Biñan; City of Cabuyao; City of San Pedro; City of Santa Rosa; Alaminos; Calauan; Famy; Kalayaan; Lumbac; Mabitac; Magdalena; Nagcarlan; Paete; Pagsanjan; Pakil; Pila; Rizal; City of Santa Cruz; and, Siniloan.
Meanwhile, Rizal followed with 93.34 percent; NCR with 90.99 percent; and Cavite with 86.04 percent with five LGUs including City of Tagaytay; Amadeo; Mendez; Naic; and, Noveleta completing the ayuda distribution.
NCR tallies 90.99 percent
DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan E. Malaya said that Metro Manila LGUs have tallied 90.99 percent completion rate amounting to P10.17-billion worth of ayuda distributed to the qualified families in the region.
“We commend the Metro Manila LGUs for stepping up and committing their resources for the effective distribution of ayuda,” Malaya said. (Chito A. Chavez)