Gov’t has enough funds to provide financial aid even if ECQ is extended -DSWD

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development or DSWD has ensured that the government still can provide financial aid to needy families until May in case the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) is extended.


According to DSWD undersecretary Rene Paje in a Laging Handa Public Briefing on Wednesday, it is because the allocated funds in the months of April and May reaches P200 billion.


Paje said, as of April 21, the department has given out over 76 billion pesos funds of more than 1,300 local government units (LGUs) in the country.


In general, more than 25.4 billion pesos has been handed to over 5.3 million beneficiaries of Social Amelioration Program (SAP).


In addition, 466,472 family food packs worth more than P182 million has been distributed to the LGUs nationwide.


Meanwhile, the DSWD has agreed on the directives of the Department of the Interior and Local Government or DILG to post the list of names of the SAP beneficiaries in the barangay hall.


Around 330,000 health workers were given free shuttle services nationwide


Moreover, 330,000 health workers in the country were provided free shuttle service by the Department of Transportation or DOTr since the kick-off implementation of the community quarantine.


This, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said so in the Laging Handa Public Briefing.


He stated, in Metro Manila, DOTr has offered free shuttle service for 67,000 frontliners.


The Transportation Department’s free shuttle service for frontliners now has 20 routes and utilizes more than 160 buses.


Secretary Tugade also shared that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) also discussed on partial operability of PUVs after ECQ.





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