On April 15, Wednesday, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto announced that one billion pesos worth of cash aid would be distributed to its residents. The money will be given to Pasig City’s poorest families.
As funding from the national government can only provide for 93,000 families, Pasig City shelved a number of initiatives and utilized a portion of its trust fund to provide 150,000 other families with P8,000 each.
In an interview with radio station DZMM on April 11, Sotto clarified that since the Pasig City government does not have the exact information on the poorest residents, the cash aid will cover all families in Pasig City. He however encouraged residents who are doing better financially to refuse the aid or to give it instead to less fortunate families.
“Hindi po kami mamimili kung sinong bibigyan basta pamilya na taga-Pasig, bibiyan namin. Hindi kailangan na botante o wala ng mga requirement na ganun,“ said Sotto. “Basta residente ng Pasig, bibigyan po.”
The distribution of the cash aid will take one to three weeks to accomplish.
Luzon has been under enhanced community quarantine for five weeks. President Rodrigo Duterte declared the total lockdown of Luzon to restrict the movement of people and to contain the spread of coronavirus disease or COVID-19. The Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine was extended until April 30, 2020.
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