Unregistered vendors in Quezon City are now qualified for a P2,000 cash aid to tide them over the COVID-19 crisis, the city government said Thursday.
The city government has allotted P600 million from its P2.8-billion supplemental budget for 2020 to expand the coverage of its “Kalingang QC” program.
“We saw the pressing need to expand the financial aid program after many ambulant and unregistered vendors were discovered during the first wave,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a statement.
Among the unregistered vendors who were not covered during the initial distribution of P2,000 cash aid are sellers of dry goods and cellular phone accessories, she added.
The expanded program will also cover solo parents, persons with disability (PWDs), and senior citizens affected by the coronavirus-caused enhanced community quarantine.
“We want to make sure that all vulnerable sectors will be covered so we allotted part of our supplemental fund for them,” Belmonte said.
The city government earlier allotted P200 million for 100,000 QC residents, covering public utility drivers, market vendors and other daily wage earners affected by the lockdown.
As of April 21, some 36,582 beneficiaries have received the cash aid from the city government, said Public Employment Service Office chief Rogelio Reyes.
To date, the number of coronavirus cases in Quezon City is 1,085, of whom 103 died while 121 recovered.