Isko: All Manilans to get food, cash aid

NO one will be left behind with regard the food and P1,000 financial assistance being given by the city government for all families residing in Manila.

​This assurance was made by Mayor Isko Moreno, vowing that those who will not be able to get their share during the current distribution  of said assistance will be taken care of in the end, even as he asked for their patience and indulgence.

​‘Kung bakit di kayo nabigyan ay maaring dahil sa kalituhan, pagod, hirap at puyat o nataranta ang inyong mga barangay. Baka ang mga nabigyan ay ýung mas nangangailangan o pwede ding nangangailangan ka tapos di ka naisama,  sinadya man o hindi. ‘Wag muna tayo mag-isip ng kung ano-ano. Don’t worry, we will address those left behind,’ the mayor said.

​Moreno announced that as of Tuesday night, 374 out of the city’s 896 barangays who earlier received their share of  the ‘city amelioration crisis assistance fund (CACAF)’ returned a total of over P17 million.  The said fund allotted P1,000 cash aid for each of the families in the city, based on lists provided for by the barangay heads themselves.

​According to the mayor, some barangays were not able to utilize their total allocation due to several factors like if the recipient on the list had died or no longer lives in the said barangay.

Then recently, Moreno said some residents complained not having been able to receive their P1,000, prompting barangay chairmen to ask  him for reconsideration to cover said families, which he readily approved and for which the city will allocate another P19.9 million, more or less.  With the P17 million returned, the city government will only be adding less than P3 million.

​The mayor assured that the list of barangays and the corresponding number of families whom they gave the city government’s cash aid will be made public soon.

Meanwhile, Moreno said the city will provide one washable face mask to each of the quarantine pass holder in Manila, since they are just the ones who are actually allowed to go out to purchase essential needs.

He reminded these pass holders to observe social distancing at all times, adding: ‘Pagkatapos ninyong bilhin ang inyong kailangan, umuwi na kayo. ‘Huwag na tumambay o makipagchismisan.’

The P591.5 million CACAF was the result of realignment of funds made by the city government It was derived from the Office of the Mayor (P200,000,000); Manila Department of Social Welfare,(124,000,000) and 20 percent City Development Fund (267,500,000).

The P1,000 financial assistance were given to each of the beneficiaries, now totaling 572,000 families,  identified by each of the 896 barangay chairpersons ‘to cushion the economic effect of COVID-19 crisis and to enable the people of Manila to purchase much- needed food and supplies for their survival.’