P11 billion lockdown 'ayuda' distribution in NCR done: official

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Posted at Sep 16 2021 05:16 PM | Updated as of Sep 16 2021 06:50 PM

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Metro Manila authorities have distributed P11.22 billion in cash aid meant to help low-income residents cope with the August lockdown meant to curb an uptick in COVID-19 cases, the interior department said Thursday. 

"One hundred percent accomplished na po tayo," Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said in a taped meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte that aired on Thursday. 

Metro Manila's 13 million people were under the toughest lockdown from Aug. 6 to 20 before its quarantine level was downgraded a notch from Aug. 21.

The capital region on Thursday started testing out a 5-level alert system accompanied by granular lockdowns, which government hoped would arrest the spread of COVID-19 while reopening the economy. 

Meanwhile, nearby Laguna province has finished distributing 87 percent of its lockdown "ayuda" while Bataan has handed out around 61 percent of the assistance, Año said.