MANILA - The Philippine capital will give P1,000 each to every family in the city to help them cope with a 6-week lockdown of Luzon aimed at curbing the COVID-19 pandemic, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said Thursday.
The Manila government allotted some P591 million for the cash aid, including funds that were supposed to be spent for road works, said Moreno.
All families, from the poorest to the upper class, will get the P1,000 cash aid, he said.
The city government also sought cash aid from the social welfare department for 350,000 of its poorest families, of whom 185,000 were approved, said the mayor.
Manila has received P1.4 billion from the agency and has distributed the cash aid to some 3,000 families so far, he said.
The city also gave out food packs to residents and a P500 pension for its 9,000 senior citizens. It will get rice from the National Food Authority to distribute among residents and will again examine which projects could be postponed to come up with additional funds for relief aid, Moreno said.