Malacañang Palace Urges Filipinos to Extend Patience for Slow Cash Aid Distribution
Malacañang Palace is asking the public for patience over the slow distribution of financial assistance amid lockdown.
On Monday (April 19, 2021), Palace spokesman Harry Roque asked the Filipino people to understand the delay in distribution of cash aid amid the coronavirus-related lockdown. The cash aid aims to help the Filipinos with no or low income amid the pandemic.
Roque said that the authorities were able to distribute P4 billion out of the P22.9 billion budget for financial aid distribution. He said that the beneficiaries have observe physical distancing causing the delay of the aid distribution.
The spokesperson said that the authorities could not accommodate massive amount of beneficiaries fearing that the respiratory disease may increase. Unlike the pre-pandemic distribution of cash assistance wherein risk is very low.
“Humihingi po tayo ng paumanhin dahil talagang medyo may kabagalan, Pero sa panahon po kasi ng pandemya, hindi natin maiiwasan na talagang mag-ingat dahil baka mamaya mabigay nga iyong ayuda, magkaroon naman ng COVID ang mga taongbayan,” Roque said.
Each person is entitled to receive P1, 000 financial assistance and up to 4 members of a family are eligible for the aid. The public could get up to P4, 000 per family.
Over 22.9 million people are expected to receive the aid in Metro Manila and surrounding Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal provinces, which were under the third strictest quarantine status.
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