92.45% of ₱22.9B Cash Aid For NCR Plus Already Released
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said in a recent interview that the local government units (LGUs) have already released 92.45% of the ₱22.9 billion financial assistance or “ayuda” to the residents of National Capital Region Plus.
Of the 100 LGUs, 44 have already finished the distribution of the cash aid, among the cities included in the tally, are municipalities of Manila, Caloocan, Pasay, Cabuyao, Biñan, San Pedro, and Sta. Rosa. In Metro Manila alone, 91.75% of the 11.172 million qualified individuals have already received cash aid.
Meanwhile, the following provinces have also successfully distributed the cash aids based on the following corresponding figures:
- Bulacan: 96.89% of the 2.967 million individuals
- Cavite: 85.825 of 3.444 million beneficiaries
- Laguna: 96.89% of 2.718 million individuals
- Rizal: 94.54% of the 2.612 million individuals
The government has placed NCR, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal—collectively called NCR Plus —under enhanced community quarantine last March due to the surge of COVID-19 cases. However, as the region gradually managed to bring down the cases, the restrictions have since been downgraded to a Modified ECQ.
The government allocated ₱22.9 billion for a cash assistance program for the affected residents, this equates to ₱1,000 per individual with a maximum of ₱4,000 per family.