“Not everyone will receive ECQ’s emergency subsidy” – Mayor Cruz

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GUIGUINTO Mayor Ambrosio Cruz Jr., President of League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP)-Bulacan Chapter clarified that not everyone will receive the emergency subsidy or “Ayuda” came from the national government.

Earlier the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has sent the allocated P2.9 billion emergency subsidy to 21 municipalities and three cities in Bulacan affected by the reimplementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) the said budget for immediate disbursement.

Based on the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) guidelines issued to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of National Defense (DND) and Local Government Units (LGUs), only low-income earners are declared beneficiaries of the said emergency subsidy and not those in middle and upper class.

Cruz said, priority target beneficiaries of P1,000 for every affected individual and a maximum of P4,000 per family are low-income individuals and those working in informal economies affected by the reimplementation of ECQ which is subject to validation by the LGU concerned in NCR Plus area.

Mayor Cruz. during their video conference on Monday with the local chief executives said that they are working out additional assistance to more beneficiaries from LGUs fund.

He said that all LGU in Bulacan will disburse the said emergency subsidy in cash.

Meanwhile in Pulilan town, the pilot payout of said financial assistance has carried out which was facilitated by DSWD Region 3 personnel in coordination with the LGU here held at the Barangay Santa Peregrina covered court on Thursday.

Reiner Grospe, Information Officer of DSWD Region 3 said that 90,027 beneficiaries in Pulilan town will receive the said financial assistance.

Grospe added that on Wednesday some 596,895 recipients in the City of San Jose Del Monte and 48,138 recipients in Obando benefited same emergency subsidy.

In Pandi town, Mayor Enrico Roque on Wednesday announced that from supposed to be 24,432 or 80% recipients of said emergency subsidy in his town, the local government here was able to reached it up to 44,250 beneficiaries.

Roque said that the additional 19,818 beneficiaries are those listed from their Social Amelioration Program (SAP) wait-listed beneficiaries wherein the budget allocated for them came from their local fund.

But those SAP wait-listed beneficiaries according to Roque will receive in kind (food pack) and not in cash.

“Ang importante ay mas marami ang makinabang kaya gumamit na kami ng local funds,” Roque said adding that they are now in the process of planning on how and when it will be provided.

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