Cash aid may finally reach some poor families hit by COVID crisis

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 30) - The Department of Interior and Local Government has assured that COVID-affected families who have not received the first payment of the state cash assistance due them, will finally get the money together with the second tranche of the financial aid.

“Yung di pa nakakatanggap, matatanggap nila ‘yan kasama ng second tranche. Kailangan kasi ma-validate yung hindi nakatanggap,” Interior Secretary Eduardo Año told CNN Philippines News Night on Thursday.

[Translation: Those who have not yet received their cash subsidy will receive it along with the second tranche. It has to be validated first those who have not yet received their subsidies.]

The DILG has granted a seven-day extension to local government units in Metro Manila and six other high density areas to complete their distribution of the cash subsidies to needy families.

Año said that LGUs have to liquidate the first wave of cash aid to avoid a delay in receiving the second tranche.

“Then they have to liquidate immediately, even partial liquidation as they go on, so they can immediately receive the second tranche,” he said.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development said that only 104 out of 1,634 LGUs have so far completed the cash aid distribution.