Cash aid second tranche only for areas under enhanced quarantine: Palace


Posted at May 14 2020 10:07 AM | Updated as of May 14 2020 11:15 AM

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The second tranche of government cash aid for the poorest families is reserved for residents of areas that will stay under enhanced community quarantine or ECQ, President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesperson said Thursday.

Areas under the less stringent general community or GCQ can partially reboot their economies, leaving residents free to work, said Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque.

"Dito po sa pangalawang tranche naman nitong buwan ng Mayo, ang makakakuha na lang po ay iyong mga nasa area na nasa ECQ at ang suma tutal po na lalabas dito ay 11.5 million families... Katumbas ito ng P77 billion," he told DZMM.

(In the second tranche this March, the beneficiaries will only be residents of ECQ areas totaling P11.5 million families. This is equal to P77 billion.)

The first tranche initially covered 18 million families, later increased to 23 million, who were allotted some P133 billion, he said.

Authorities so far distributed P94.3 billion to 15.7 million families, said Social Welfare Spokesperson Irene Dumlao.

She said her agency was waiting for Duterte's executive order on who should get the second tranche.

DZMM, May 14, 2020