Gov’t aid for poor affected by ECQ still pending, private sector comes to rescue

As Metro Manila heads toward the fourth and final week of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to COVID-19, 18 million low-income Filipino families still have to wait for the cash aid from President Rodrigo Duterte’s government.

The Duterte administration must provide P5,000 to P8,000 a month for two months to poor households, according to Section 4(c) of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

Unfortunately, the President’s report to Congress on Tuesday shows that the government still stuck working on the database.

Database aside, the Department of Finance (DOF) must coordinate with the Inter-Agency Task Force working group to map out beneficiaries and how much aid they should get.

DOF, along with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), started working on the database April 1 but they didn’t explain when it will be finished.

Coming to the rescue of poor Filipino families, the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) and non-profit Caritas Manila put up a fund-raising initiative.

The two organizations together with top business groups raised a total of P1.62-billion in cash and in-kind donations for poor families in the metro.

In addition, PDRF with business partners also raised over P100 million to supply more personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators across different hospitals in Metro Manila.

ABS-CBN, Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the government also worked to further expand the distribution of relief among poor families.    

Donor companies include the Aboitiz Group, ABSCBN/First Gen, Alliance Global Group & Megaworld, Ayala Corp./Zobel family, AY Foundation/RCBC, Bench/Suyen Corp, Century Pacific, Concepcion Industrial, DMCI Group of Companies, Gokongwei Group of Companies/Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc., ICTSI, Jollibee, Leonio Group, Mercury Drug Corp., Metrobank, Nutri-Asia, Oishi/Liwayway Marketing Group, PLDT/Metro Pacific Investments Corp., Puregold, Ramon S. Ang and family, SM/BDO, Sunlife of Canada, Unilab, Alphaland Corp., Cebuana Lhullier, Chito Madrigal Foundation, Coca Cola, Glorious Commercial Exports Inc., Far Eastern University, First Life Financial Co., Focus Global, One Meralco Foundation, Penshoppe, PepsiCo/PepsiCo Foundation, Shang Properties Inc., and TAO Corp.

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