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The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) today reported that the distribution of financial assistance is now substantially complete at 99.6 percent distribution rate or P22.8-billion distributed to 22,838,875 ‘NCR Plus’ beneficiaries.

DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said that while the original deadline for the ayuda distribution was on May 15, 2021, an additional 10 days have been granted to LGUs with unclaimed funds to prepare a new payroll and distribute the remaining amount to other affected individuals in their respective communities.

“Bagamat May 25 po ang naging deadline natin, iyong ibang natitira po ay patatapusin natin at iyong hindi po nakatapos ay pagpapaliwanagin natin kung bakit hindi nila natapos ng 100 percent,” he said.

According to Año, NCR tallied the highest completion rate of ayuda distribution among the NCR Plus bubble with 99.95 percent corresponding to P11.1-billion worth of financial assistance, with 15 LGUs reaching 100 percent completion rate, namely Manila; Caloocan; Makati; Malabon; Mandaluyong; Marikina; Muntinlupa; Parañaque; Pasay; Pasig; Pateros; Quezon City; San Juan; Taguig; and Valenzuela.

Meanwhile, Bulacan followed with 99.93 percent amounting to P2.9-billion; Laguna with 99.74 percent amounting to P2.7-billion; Rizal with 99.68 percent amounting to P2.6-billion; and Cavite with 98.45 percent amounting to P3.3-billion.

Año also noted that some LGUs have returned unclaimed funds. “May iba pong LGUs na nagsauli ng pera sapagkat kahit ano pong hanap nila ay hindi na nila makita iyong beneficiaries kaya isinauli nalang po nila iyong pera. Marami po ang nagsiuwian na sa mga probinsiya” he said.

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