Which areas have the fastest cash aid release for poorest families?

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Posted at May 05 2020 11:27 AM | Updated as of May 05 2020 11:38 AM

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MANILA - The southern region of Caraga logged the fastest distribution of cash aid that would help the most vulnerable families cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, the interior department said Tuesday.

Caraga, composed of 5 provinces and the highly urbanized Butuan City, so far gave aid to 99.01 percent of beneficiaries, said Interior Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya.

Local governments have until May 7 to complete the first tranche of the aid distribution for an initial 18 million of the poorest families, who stand to get P5,000 to P8,000 each for 2 months, he said.

Seventy-five percent of beneficiaries nationwide have received the aid, said Malaya.

In Metro Manila, the cities with the fastest aid distribution include Caloocan with 86.92 percent completed, Pasig with 77,05 percent, Marikina with 67.72 percent, Manila with 62.17 percent and Valenzuela with 60 percent, he said.

"Kailangan talaga pag-aralan natin iyong best practices ng bawat local government unit para magkaroon ng pagkokopya," he told DZMM.

(We need to study the best practices of each local government so these could be replicated.)

The sooner local governments liquidate the cash aid distribution, the earlier they can get their second tranche. Caraga might receive its second tranche before the end of May, he said.

The government will expand the program to 5 more million families.

Local officials cannot split the aid for one beneficiary and give it to another constituent, Malaya said.

"The moment na hatiin mo iyan (you divide it), that becomes a conspiracy that becomes a graft and corruption case," he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he would give P30,000 for information on cash aid anomalies after a village kagawad in Bulacan faced graft accusations in relation to the program.