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Pasig City To Distribute P1 Billion Cash Assistance To 150,000 Families
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  • According to Mayor Vico Sotto, the Pasig City government will be distributing a total of P1 billion in cash aid for 150,000 families living in the city.

    This P1 billion cash aid will be given to the families that were not included in the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) list of beneficiaries of the national government’s social amelioration program, which only covers 93,000 families in Pasig City, GMA News reports.

    In an interview on GMA News’ Unang Balita, Mayor Sotto explained, “Ang gagawin po natin sa Pasig, nakahanap po kami ng pondo. Over P1 billion po ‘yung na-identify natin na pondo para dagdagan po ‘yung tinatawag nating Pasig Supplemental Social Amelioration Program.”

    ABS-CBN News says the Pasig City government gathered this amount from its trust fund and by postponing some of its projects.

    Mayor Sotto recognized the national government’s efforts to provide financial aid to its citizens but said that the needs of other families cannot be neglected, especially now that the enhanced community quarantine has been extended.

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    The mayor explained that the distribution of this financial aid will begin once the local government has received the final list of beneficiaries created by the DSWD. The cash aid will be distributed door-to-door or in small clusters.

    Each family will receive P8,000, though Mayor Sotto said this amount may still change since the Pasig City government is still “studying its cash position” and looking for cash sources, ABS-CBN News reports.

    In a separate report, ABS-CBN News says that according to Mayor Sotto, you do not have to be a registered voter to receive financial assistance. “Basta residente ng Pasig bibigyan po,” the mayor said in an interview with DZMM.


    He added that the local government did not have the time and data to determine who should or should not be given cash assistance.

    Mayor Sotto also encourged well-off residents to decline the aid so that it can be given to those who need it more instead. “I-o-open natin sa lahat [ang assistance]. Hinihikayat na lang po natin iyong mga may kaya o okay pa naman na huwag na lang nilang tanggapin iyong tulong or tanggapin nila, ibigay nila sa mas nangangailangan,” he told DZMM.

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