DILG allows extended distribution of first tranche of emergency subsidies

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 30 2020 01:48 PM

Transportation Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) drivers, mostly from Grab, collect a box each of relief goods from the Department of Social Welfare and Development on April 17, 2020. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Local government units will be provided with at least a 4-day extension for the distribution of cash subsidies to poor families during the coronavirus crisis, the Department of Interior and Local Government said Thursday.

The DILG initially ordered all LGUs to finish the distribution of the first tranche of emergency subsidies until Thursday, April 30.

Following the appeal of Metro Manila mayors for an extension, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said LGUs in the following areas will be given a 7-day extension:

- Metro Manila
- Cavite province
- Laguna province
- Rizal province
- Bulacan province
- Cebu City
- Davao City

Other local governments hounded by problems on cash aid distribution will meanwhile be given a 4-day extension, Año said.

"Nakita namin na valid naman yung kanilang reasons kasi kaya naman talaga nila i-distribute yan (cash aid) sa takdang oras, pero mava-violate yung physical at social distancing," Año said in a Palace briefing.

(We saw that their reasons are valid because they can really distribute the cash aid within the deadline but there will be violations of physical distancing.)

Año, however, reminded local officials to prepare the liquidation report for the first tranche of cash aid so that the national government can process the second round.

"They have to liquidate immediately para mai-prepare yung second tranche," he said.

The government has allotted a P200 billion budget to provide cash aid to over 18 million poor families badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

The subsidies, ranging from P5,000 to P8,000, will be distributed in 2 tranches between April and May.