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Caloocan to provide cash assistance to PWDs, drivers

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Caloocan City Mayor Oca Malapitan said persons with disabilities (PWDs) as well as members of TODA and JODA, or associations of tricycle/jeepney operators and drivers in the city, will receive cash aid, according to a report by Manila Bulletin.

Malapitan said the financial assistance for these sectors will be taken from the remaining Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) “ayuda” allotted by the national government for Caloocan City.

In a radio interview, the mayor said the national government gave them permission to give the remaining funds to those who are in need.

“Meron namang instruction ang national government, binigyan kami ng maliit [na halaga] na pwedeng desisyunan. Ihanap namin ng iba (beneficiaries) ‘yung matitira para wala na kaming isoli sa national government (The national government has instructed us and gave us small amount that we can decide on. We will look for beneficiaries of the remaining funds so we no longer have to return it to the national government),” Malapitan said in DZRH interview.

“Ngayon ho, napag-usapan kanina sa aming pagpupulong… ay bibigyan po namin ng tig P1,000 ang mga PWD. Ang TODA, JODA ganon rin ho, maximum of P4,000 na hindi nakasulat ‘yung pangalan nila na beneficiaries sa SAP1 (Social Amelioration Program first tranche) (During our meeting, we agreed that we would give P1,000 to PWDs as well as to TODA and JODA members not included in SAP 1. The latter would receive a maximum of P4,000),” he added.

As of Monday, Malapitan said 95.25 percent of the city’s total beneficiaries have already received their cash aid. According to the city’s public information office, Caloocan is one of Metro cities that are already nearing the completion of cash aid distribution even if the deadline is still on May 15.

“Yung iba ‘di namin ma-locate ‘yung tao. Maaring nagpalit ng cellular number o lumipat..Hinahanap po namin ngayon ‘yung 4.75 percent [of the remaining beneficiaries] (We cannot locate other beneficiaries. Perhaps they have changed their phone numbers or moved homes. We’re still looking for the 4.75 percent),” Malapitan said.


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