DILG extends NCR 'ayuda' distribution until August 31

Published August 25, 2021, 12:54 PM

by Chito Chavez

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) confirmed on Wednesday, Aug. 25, that it has extended the cash aid (ayuda) distribution for the qualified beneficiaries in Metro Manila to August 31.

Previously the DILG has set August 25 as the deadline for the handing out of the financial aid to low-income individuals of the National Capital Region (NCR) which was placed under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from August 6 to 20 to prevent the spike of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) Delta variant.

Each low-income individual is entitled to P1,000 ayuda with every family receiving the maximum amount of P4,000.

“Upon the request of the LGUs (local government units) and with the concurrence of (Social Welfare and Development) Secretary (Rolando) Bautista and Defense Secretary (Delfin) Lorenzana, we have decided to give the LGUs in the National Capital Region (NCR) until the end of the month to complete the distribution of ayuda,” said DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año in a statement.

“Sa kabilang banda naman ay binabati ko ang Caloocan City LGU sa pangunguna ni Mayor Oscar Malapitan, sampu ng kanyang mga city officials, barangay officials at volunteers, dahil sila pa lamang ang natatanging LGU na nakakompleto ng pamamahagi ng ayuda sa kanilang nasasakupan at natapos pa nila ito bago mag-deadline. Congratulations sa inyo (On the other hand, I commend the Caloocan City LGU led by Mayor Oscar Malapitan, city officials, barangay officers and volunteers for being the only LGU that completed the ayuda distribution in their area, accomplishing it before the deadline. Congratulations to all of you),’’ Año added.

Año also cited the other NCR LGUs “because a total of 80.96 percent or P9.1-billion out of the P11.2-billion ayuda from the national government has already been distributed to their beneficiaries as of August 24, 2021.

“This means that for every 10 low-income individuals, eight have already received their ayuda. Ito ay katumbas ng mahigit sa siyam na milyong katao sa buong Metro Manila na nakatanggap at nakinabang na ng ayuda (This is equivalent to more than nine million individuals in the whole of Metro Manila who got and benefited from the ayuda). This is the fastest distribution we’ve had in NCR since the start of the pandemic and we did this with people complying with minimum health standards,’’ he noted.

“A total of 9,101,999 low income individuals have received their ayuda in NCR from August 11-24, 2021,’’ the DILG revealed.

The DILG chief also stated that the decision to extend the deadline for the payout was made after some Metro Manila LGUs requested more time in completing the distribution given the limited mobility and manpower to finish the process due to the increasing cases of COVID-19 in NCR.

“The mayors also need more time to process appeals and grievances so it is justified for us to give an extension,” he said.

Año pointed out that “nearing the finish line and garnering the highest percentage of ayuda distributed are the municipality of Pateros, and the cities of Pasay, Manila and Mandaluyong with 97.34 percent, 95.16 percent, 91.57 percent, and 85.84 percent respectively. Caloocan was the first to complete the distribution of its ayuda.’’

A total of eight Metro Manila LGUs have at least 80 percent distribution rate as of August 24.

Año assured the public that the DILG, in close coordination with the LGUs and the Philippine National Police (PNP), is ensuring the safety and security of all those involved during the ongoing ayuda distribution and the strict observance of minimum public health standards against the spread of COVID-19. (Chito A. Chavez)