PRC to give cash aid to needy in NCR, 3 provinces

THE Philippine Red Cross is set to distribute cash grants to the most vulnerable residents of the National Capital Region and three provinces who were hardest hit by the two-month enhanced community quarantine.

Senator Richard J. Gordon, PRC chairman and CEO, said that, initially, the humanitarian organization will distribute P3,500 each to 6,500 of the most vulnerable families from Quezon City, Manila, Marikina, Pasay, Las Pinas, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Rizal, Bulacan and Olongapo.

“This is only preliminary. Ultimately, ikakalat namin ito sa mga pinakanatamaan,” he said.

The PRC chairman said that aside from the cash grant, the beneficiaries will also be provided with food relief packs containing goods for two weeks’ supply.

“Maraming mga hindi nabibigyan ng ayuda, gaya ng mga bedspacers – hindi sila nabibigyan dahil nangungupahan lang sila at ‘yung mga kasera nila o ‘yung may-ari ng bahay ang nabibigyan. Target din namin yung mga marginalized vendors, drivers at ‘yung mga ‘no work, no pay’ na empleyado,” he said.

Gordon said PRC staff and volunteers will conduct an assessment to determine qualified beneficiaries for the P17-million assistance program.