Duterte okays P1,000 ECQ aid to Metro Manila, 4 provinces

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has approved the proposal of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for the distribution of P1,000 worth of aid to individuals affected by the declaration of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the National Capital Region, (NCR) Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal.

Roque said the President signed the recommendation on Monday evening.

According to Roque, the recommendation Duterte signed was “silent” on whether or not the aid will be in cash or in kind.

“That’s the call of the LGUs (local government units), basta ang gusto mangyari ni Presidente, sa lalong mabilis na panahon makarating ang ayuda (That’s the call of LGUs (local government units, what the President wants is that it be distributed the soonest), Roque said.

Roque said the funds for the ECQ aid totalling P23 billion will be distributed to the LGUs starting this Tuesday.

About 22.9 million individuals from NCR, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal will benefit from the ECQ emergency subsidy by the government.