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DILG Speaks on Cash Aid for NCR Plus Residents Affected by ECQ

CASH AID FOR NCR PLUS – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) gave an update on the distribution of the cash aid for the residents of the NCR Plus.

In March this year, the Philippines logged a spike in the COVID-19 cases in the country. Then, the country was recording at least 5,000 new cases of the disease and it continued until April. It prompted the government to re-implement stricter community quarantine measures.

The whole Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite were placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) from March 29 to April 11. It is the strictest quarantine measure.

Currently, the said areas that are collectively called as NCR Plus are under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with heightened measures. Businesses are allowed to operate but there are restrictions or limitations.

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DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano on Cash Aid for NCR Plus
Photo: Philippine News Agency

Many businesses had to stop their operation amid the ECQ in NCR Plus. A lot of people also lost their job or source of income amid the crisis. The national government vowed to give cash aid for the NCR Plus residents who are greatly affected by the lockdown.

Recently, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) gave an update on the cash aid for the NCR Plus residents. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año expressed that the Department is done distributing the financial assistance for the affected residents.

According to the DILG Secretary, P22,889,119,154.00 worth of cash assistance was released for the residents of the NCR Plus. There are excess funds in at least eight (8) local government units. The said excess funds will be returned to the Bureau of Treasury.

Año revealed that the excess fund is over P26 million. A total of 22,915,422 residents of the NCR Plus received cash aid from the government. Last year, the government also released financial assistance to the people through the Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

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