Distribution of the P22.9 billion ayuda or financial aid for low-income families in the National Capital Region (NCR) and four neighboring provinces, has been given a one-time extension until May 15.
Local government executives met with the Secretaries of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Defense (DOD), as well as the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman, to put in their request for more time for aid distribution.
The extension was granted in order to avoid fast-tracking that may result in crowding at distribution sites.
LGUs will also be able to handle the grievances and appeals of those not listed as beneficiaries.
Of the P22.9 billion allocated for aid, a total of P5.79 billion has been given among those in NCR, with Mandaluyong having the highest distribution rate at 74.32% equivalent to P270.9 million.
Data from the provinces of Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, and Bulacan are still being collated.
NCR and four nearby provinces were placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on March 29 in order to combat the surging rate of Covid19 cases.
The NCR Plus bubble has since been downgraded to modified ECQ and will remain as such until the end of April.