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MMDA Speaks on “No Bakuna-No Ayuda” Rumors in Metro Manila

NO BAKUNA-NO AYUDA – MMDA Chairman Benjamin Abalos made a clarification on the rumors spreading about the financial assistance for Metro Manila residents.

The Delta variant in the Philippines urged the national government to once again place several areas in the country under the strictest level of quarantine measure, the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). Starting today, August 6, until August 20, the whole Metro Manila is under ECQ.

Amid the ECQ, the APORs or the Authorized Persons Outside Residence include the essential workers and those who will be getting their vaccines. Individuals who are scheduled to receive their vaccine are allowed to go out provided that they need to present their vaccination card or the text message or notification from their barangay about their vaccine schedule.

For the convenience of the essential workers and the people who will be going to the vaccination centers, public transportation remains in Metro Manila. Strict border checkpoints are implemented.

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No Bakuna-No Ayuda
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The national and local governments recognize the possible effect of the ECQ to some residents most especially those who are earning on a daily basis. Cash assistance was set to be released to some qualified residents.

However, amid the assurance of a financial assistance from the government, there are “No Bakuna-No Ayuda” rumors spreading around. It prompted many people to rush to the vaccination centers.

Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, MMDA chairman Benjamin Abalos clarified that there is no truth to the “No Bakuna-No Ayuda” rumors circulating. He linked it as the cause of people panicking and going to the vaccination centers early in the morning. He encouraged everyone not to believe the fake news.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) also stressed that the assistance approved by the President is for the poor people in NCR regardless of their vaccination status. Currently, they are finalizing the system on the distribution of the aid.

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