CALOOCAN CITY, May 12 (PIA) -- The Manila City Government, through its Manila Department of Social Welfare (MDSW), is almost done distributing the financial aid or "ayuda" to its constituents courtesy of the National Government.
MDSW Director Re Fugoso said that it has finished distributing financial assistance to 99 percent of its total beneficiaries as of Sunday, May 9, or 33 days since the start of its operation last April 6.
"Tuloy-tuloy po ang pagkilos ng ating social workers, daycare workers, at iba pang kawani ng MDSW upang matiyak na makukuha ng mga Batang Maynila ang kanilang benepisyo mula sa national government," Fugoso said while noting that about 377,010 families have already received its financial assistance.
The MDSW is the agency authorized by the Department of Social Welfare (DSWD) to distribute the 'ayuda' to beneficiaries in accordance with the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 1, series of 2021 which allotted P1,000 per individual (with a maximum of P4,000 per family) to affected residents.
About 6,418 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and 4,236 solo parents in the city have also received their emergency financial assistance from the national government.
Manila City Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso explained that even those not included in the DSWD list of beneficiaries may still be able to receive their financial assistance as stated under the JMC resolution Item No. 4, subject to the availability of funds.
"Ito ngayon ang mga sumulat sa MDSW at yung mga barangay na walang nakalista at all na beneficiaries. Binigyan natin ng pangalawang pagkakataon," the mayor said.
Thus, 8,480 Manilenos who belong to the No. 4 category have also been given financial aid from the government.
Domagoso clarified, however, that the distribution for all beneficiaries, including those in the item No. 4 of the JMC will still continue until everyone gets their financial aid.
"Patuloy rin naman tayong mag-aaccommodate ng mga PWDs at solo parents. We cannot keep everybody waiting, kaya pumunta na tayo sa No. 4. para matulungan natin ang ibang mamamayan na nangangailangan. But we will continue until everyone gets their financial assistance," Domagoso said.
To recall, the Department of the Interior and Local Government earlier announced that the distribution of the P22.9 billion ayuda to residents of NCR, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite has been extended up to May 15, 2021 upon the request of the mayors. (PIA NCR)