QC aims to complete ‘ayuda’ payout in 11 days

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CASH AID. A Quezon City resident receives cash aid from the national social amelioration program on Wednesday (April 14, 2021). The city is looking to finish its financial distribution of PHP1,000 per beneficiary or a maximum of PHP4,000 per family in 11 days. (Photo courtesy of QC-PIO)
“Ayuda” (assistance) distribution in Quezon City is expected to be finished in 11 days.

City administrator Mike Alimurong said as of April 14, 2021, 276,389 families or about 865,000 individuals have received the latest cash aid program of the national government for enhanced community quarantine areas.

“Given the pace of distribution, we hope to finish the distribution in accordance with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) schedule,” he said during Thursday’s virtual press conference via Zoom. “We’re currently averaging around 45,000 families.”

Mayor Joy Belmonte set the maximum number of beneficiaries to 2,000 individuals in each payout center to avoid overcrowding.

She said if needed, they will request for an extension of the 15-day deadline.

“Gusto naming na panatilihin ang kalusugan ng ating mga mamamayan at iklian ang panahon nila kung saan exposed sila sa environment. Pero may mga nagre-request na rin na mga barangay dahil desperado na rin yung mga tao ng matanggap ang kanilang mga ayuda, kung kakayanin naman ng veue at kakayanin naman ng dami ng verifiers at paymaster kung pwedeng dagdagan yung 2,000 (We want to ensure the health of our constituents and shorten their exposure but there are villages with residents desperate to receive their ayuda that if the size of the venue permits and there are enough verifiers, if we can add to the 2,000),” Belmonte said.

To make the cash aid distribution more organized, stubs are distributed to beneficiaries indicating the time and date of their payout.

Other barangays organized the distribution in alphabetical order or by street, Belmonte said.

The Grievance Committee also receives complaints, mostly from individuals whose names were not on the lists but belongs to the low-income bracket sector.

“I would say about 95 to 99 percent we can finish in 11 more days. But what really would take long, hence the possible request for the extension, is how to address the grievances, those not on the lists,” Alimurong said. (Marita Moaje, PNA)

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