The local government of Manila still led in the distribution of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) cash aid to residents on Wednesday, Aug.11, contrary to reports that a national agency has taken over the distribution in the city.
In a text message to the Manila Bulletin, Manila Department of Social Welfare (MDSW) Officer-in-Charge (OIC), Asuncion “Re” Fugoso said the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) only assisted the city in the distribution.
In particular, personnel from the DSWD were assisting beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
Fugoso had earlier said that her office did not receive any order that a national agency would take over the aid distribution in the city of Manila.
“The MDSW, ‘yon po ang magbababa ng ayuda ngayong araw (The MDSW will distribute the financial aid today),” Fugoso told ANC when asked if cash aid distribution would be handled by the local government and not the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) or the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
President Rodrigo Duterte on Aug. 9 tasked the DILG, DSWD, and the Department of National Defense (DND) to take over the giving out of cash aid in some Metro Manila areas where he said distribution seemed to be disorganized.
Fugoso said the distribution of financial aid in the city of Manila has never been disorganized.
The MDSW OIC said her office also coordinated with the Manila Barangay Bureau (MBB) and Manila Police District (MPD) to maintain orderliness in the city’s 80 to 90 payout sites.
Unlike other cities that have a mixed system for aid distribution, Fugoso said Manila will only give out aid through payout sites.
Fugoso said the MDSW will not be able to do house-to-house distribution or use e-wallets for payout due to time constraints.
“Wala po tayong oras, dahil binigyan lang po tayo ng two weeks deadline, di po kaya maayos ngayon ang GCash (We don’t have time, we were just given two weeks and it’s not possible to arrange the Gcash [system]),” she said.