In report to Congress, Duterte says 10 pct of promised cash aid for poor families released

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 08 2020 04:03 PM | Updated as of Apr 08 2020 10:28 PM

MANILA - The national government continues to churn relief packages and call for a moratorium on loan collections two weeks since President Rodrigo Duterte was given special powers to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

According to the President's second weekly report to Congress, about 10 percent of the promised cash aid for 18 million low-income families has been disbursed, while various agencies also provided financial assistance to farmers and businesses that will take a hit from the nearly 2-month lockdown of the Philippines' most populous island.

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A local resident of a depressed community in Barangay Paligsahan, Quezon City receives relief goods from barangay officers on March 19, 2020. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Here's a breakdown of what some executive offices have been doing to contribute to the country's fight against COVID-19:

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (DA)
- Provided zero-interest loans to 113,570 small farmers
- Implemented a loan payment moratorium for some 244,044 small farmers
- Distributed P5,000 cash grants for farmers in 34 provinces
- Issued 41,689 food passes to delivery trucks and other vehiles transporting agri-fishery products
- Activated 1381 hotline to address problems on movement of food and agri-fishery products
- Deployed trucks to transport agri-fishery goods from trading posts in provinces to community markets or markets on wheels in Metro Manila
- Linked farmers and agri businesses to buyers
- Distributed P2.5-million worth of agricultural products to local government units to augment relief goods distribution programs


DEPARTMENT OF AGRARIAN REFORM (DAR)
- Coordinating with other agencies for the release of a P5,000 subsidy for agrarian reform beneficiaries


DEPARTMENT OF BUDGET AND MANAGEMENT (DBM)
- Set to release the Bayanihan Grant to Cities and Municipalities to assist local governments in their programs to curb the spread of COVID-19 in their respective jurisdictions


DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (DepEd)
- Advised its finance officers not to automatically deduct loan amortizations from employees' payroll


DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)
- Established a Bayanihan Energy Service hotline to address issues on energy supply
- Issued certificates of compliance for the importation of 2.9 million metric tons of coal to supply requirements of powerplants, and factories producing canned food, beverages, other essential supplies
- Gave local governments e-trike units to help transport frontliners and to aid in the distribution of relief packages 


DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE (DOF)
- Directed all lenders to issue a 30-day grace period or extension for the payment of loans, including credit card payments and pawnshop loans 
- Identified items in the 2019 and 2020 budget that may be discontinued so that unreleased appropriations amounting to P189.82 billion may be realigned to coronavirus-related programs


DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS (DFA)
- Assisted in the repatriation of 3,587 overseas Filipino workers
- Continues to monitor status of 448 Filipino who contracted the COVID-19 overseas
- Established social media portals for foreign nationals stranded in the Philippines during the 2-month enhanced community quarantine in Luzon
- Processed humanitarian assistance from 4 foreign governments, 1 international organization
- Facilitated the entry of 19 medical experts and respondents from China


DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SETTLEMENTS AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (DHSUD)
- Declared a moratorium of payment for in-house financing plans or credit intermediation given to real estate buyers


DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (DICT)
- Set to roll our RapidPass.PH to enable frontliners and essential workers to quickly pass through checkpoints through the use of QR or alphanumeric codes
- Offered digital certificates to the National Prosecution Service to ensure the integrity of documents on its online platform
- Assists private stakeholders in mounting work-from-home schemes

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Officials test the Rapid Pass QR code system. Photo courtesy of DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Pena


DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
- Reported the arrest of 594 individuals who hoarded or manipulated prices of basic goods and commodities


DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (DOJ)
- National Bureau of Investigation has investigating and filing charges against government officials who allegedly refused to adhere to the national government's quaratine policies


DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT (DOLE)
- Remitted P441.94 million to 88,388 formal sector workers who were eligible beneficiaries of the agency's COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP)
- Disbursed P174.58 million to 55,934 informal sector workers who were registered under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD)


DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS (DPWH)
- Continues to facilitate the conversion of evacuation centers and selected sites as quarantine facilities, emergency food hubs and temporary quarters for health workers
- Spent 29.96 million to convert the PICC, Ninoy Aquino Stadium and World Trade Center into quarantine facilities that could cater to nearly 1,000 possible COVID-19 carriers


DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT (DSWD)
- Received P100 billion of P200 billion requested for the emergency subsidy program
- Released and deposited P16.34 billion to 3.72 million families
on top of food packs support provided by local governments
- Distributed 190,217 food packs in coordination with other national agencies
- Crafting guidelines for the release of the Livelihood Assistance Grant, which can be used as capital for starting a new business or enhancing existing micro-enterprises


DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (DTI)
- Conducted 1,289 monitoring activities and found that 97 percent of 5,192 firms complied with price freeze, anti-hoarding and anti-profiteering policies
- Launched 544 campaigns against profiteering and hoarding that resulted to 64 arrests
- Expanded the Negosyo Center to barangays to bring business registration processes to villages
- Plans to grant P5,000 to P8,000 packages to qualified micro, small and medium enterprises who were affected by the coronavirus crisis
- Granted a one-month loan moratorium for borrowers of Small Business Corporation with good credit standing


DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOTr)
- Established help desks in transport hubs nationwide to aid stranded passengers in ports, airports and bus terminals by providing them with snacks and beverage
- Prepared the conversion of some maritime facilities into floating quarantine hospitals