The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) announced Monday night, May 31, that the national government’s cash aid disbursement for the NCR (National Capital Region)-plus beneficiaries has finally been completed.
In the Talk to the Nation briefing with President Duterte, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año reported that 22,915,422 qualified individuals from Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal collectively referred to as NCR-plus received the ayuda (cash aid) amounting to P22,889,119,154.
As of May 31, Año said that eight local government units (LGUs) will be returning the unused funds totalling P26,302,846 to the Bureau of Treasury.
Despite the efforts of the LGUs, Ano said some of the listed recipients can no longer be located by the LGUs as some have transferred their residence or left for the province.
The LGUs that will be returning the unused funds are Navotas in Metro Manila; Bacoor, Imus, Alfonso, General Emilio Aguinaldo, and Magallanes in Cavite; Los Baños in Laguna; and Baras in Rizal.
With regards to the imposition of health protocols, Año said the President’s strict order to arrest violators has resulted in the rise in the number of apprehensions.
From May 17 to 30, Año noted that 50,204 individuals were warned; 34,683 were fined; 6,813 were required to do community service; 149 were brought for inquest procedures, while regular filing of cases were handed to 3,508 individuals for not wearing masks.
He reported that 1,299 were warned; 184 were fined; 162 were ordered to do community service; eight were subjected to inquest procedures, and regular filing of cases were meted to 41 violators for their mass gathering infractions.
Also 22,500 were warned; 4,543 were fined; 776 underwent community service; 27 were brought for inquest, and regular cases were filed against 687 persons for violating the physical distancing rule.
Anti-illegal drug operations
In the same meeting, Año also gave updates on the government’s relentless anti-illegal drugs campaign amid the pandemic.
He disclosed that from May 26 to 30, the Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested 1,356 drug personalities in 1,002 operations.
During the same period, eight suspects personally appeared and surrendered while 26 died in police operations.
The DILG chief revealed that 4,143.09 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” worth P28,173,024.92 and 151,174.51 grams of marijuana amounting to p18,140,940.67 were confiscated during police raids.