Palace: Poor families under MECQ will get 2nd tranche of COVID-19 cash aid

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 16 2020 06:48 PM

Residents line up outside a covered court in Barangay Payatas, Quezon City hoping to receive the cash assistance under the DSWD’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) on May 12, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA – Families categorized as poor in areas under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) will receive the second tranche of cash assistance from the government’s social amelioration program (SAP), Malacañang said Saturday.

“Kasama sa second tranche ang MECQ,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said during the Laging Handa press briefing.

The Palace earlier said the second wave of emergency subsidy would be limited to qualified beneficiaries in areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

“Lilinawin ko po sa second tranche, inaantay ang memo galing sa office of the Executive Secretary,” Roque said.

“Ang paunang ilalabas ay sigurado po ay ‘yong mga ayuda sa mga lugar na nanatili sa ECQ.”

On Saturday, Metro Manila, Laguna, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Zambales and Angeles City shifted to a modified lockdown after the government sought to jumpstart the economy ravaged by the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the cities of Cebu and Mandaue remain under enhanced community quarantine, while other parts of the country have shifted to a general community quarantine, with loosened restrictions.

The government has allotted a P200-billion emergency package for poor families to help them tide over the COVID-19 crisis.

Under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, each beneficiary will receive cash aid ranging between P5,000 and P8,000 twice (April and May) based on minimum wage rates in the region.

The deadline for the distribution of the first tranche of cash aid lapsed on Sunday. The Department of the Interior and Local Government had said 1,265 local government units met the deadline.