Manila done distributing ECQ ayuda; P1.5 billion handed out

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 27 2021 03:24 AM | Updated as of Aug 27 2021 11:20 AM

Manila city officials distribute cash aid to residents.
Manila city officials distribute cash aid to residents. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA (UPDATE) - The City of Manila on Friday announced that they have completed the distribution of the cash aid from the national government to 380,820 families in the capital.

The distribution of P4,000 to each family was completed in 16 days, from August 11 to 26, said Re Fugoso, director of the Manila Department of Social Welfare.

"About P1,523,280,000 worth of financial aid has already been distributed not only for all six districts of Manila, but also for transport groups and vulnerable groups in the city," she said in a statement

Of the amount, P1.46 billion went to 369,218 families, P41 million to 10,256 families of transport sector workers, and P5 million to 1,346 families from "vulnerable groups," the statement read.

Earlier this month, President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to disallow a certain Metro Manila local government from distributing the lockdown cash aid, claiming that national agencies should take over the program as the said city's programs were supposedly disorganized.

Duterte did not mention names, but criticized the said city's mayor for posing for sexy pictures before.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso - who will reportedly seek the presidency in 2022 - is the lone incumbent Metro Manila mayor who worked as a matinee and sexy actor before he entered politics.

Hours after Duterte's tirades, the Manila Mayor met with several Cabinet members in the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority office in Makati, and confirmed that the national government has agreed to allow the local government to distribute the monetary assistance.

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