Cash aid for ECQ-hit Metro Manila residents to be delayed, mayor says

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 4) — The distribution of cash assistance to Metro Manila residents who will be affected by the upcoming lockdown will face delays, Quezon City's mayor said Wednesday.

Mayor Joy Belmonte said there is no definite date yet on when assistance will reach 10.7 million residents of the capital region who are eligible to get aid.

"The ayuda coming from the national government will be delayed as of our meeting with DILG yesterday," she said in an online townhall meeting.

She also appealed to the private sector to reach out to the local government units to pledge financial assistance or donate goods.

Metro Manila will be placed under the strictest enhanced community quarantine from Aug. 6 to 20, with millions of residents forced to stay home except for essential trips outside. The national government is granting a cash aid of ₱1,000 — or a maximum of ₱4,000 per household — during the said period.