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Gov’t To Give No Additional Ayuda (Cash Aid) Amid ECQ

NO ADDITIONAL AYUDA – Recently, the government extended the enhanced community quarantine to Metro Manila and the four provinces under the NCR Plus bubble.

However, despite the 1-week extension, the Malacañang Palace said the government would no longer provide aid to poor families. As such, the mere P1,000 with a P4,000 per family limit will be the only reprieve of low-income residents.

No Additional Ayuda From Gov't Despite ECQ Extension

Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the first week of lockdown coincided with the holy week. With this, he explained that workers only lost two working days from Wednesday to Sunday.

Afterward, Roque also stated in another interview that the government no longer has the capacity to provide additional aid. Moreover, he noted that Congress was on a recess so it could not green-light a supplemental budget.

“We acknowledge that this [P1,000] is not enough, but it is to provide for the bare essentials of life for two weeks, where the number of days where our countrymen were unable to work is about seven days”

Following reports of the cash-aid, some local government units are deliberating whether or not the aid would be given in cash or kind. But, Senator Joel Villanueva suggested that the P1,000 be given through digital means as giving it to goods would be another opportunity to spread COVID-19.

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