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Nearly 37k barangays posted list of emergency subsidy beneficiaries —Duterte

Nearly 37,000 barangays in the country have complied with the national government’s directive to post the list of beneficiaries of the COVID-19 emergency subsidy program in public places, President Rodrigo Duterte told Congress on Monday.

In his eighth weekly report, the President said 36,699 barangays posted the list of beneficiaries, which was meant to ensure transparency in the distribution of the cash aid.

Around 18 million low-income families were targeted to receive monthly cash subsidies ranging from P5,000 to P8,000 as mandated by the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

A total of 1,370 out of 1,634 local government units nationwide were able to meet the May 10 deadline set by the government in distributing the first tranche of the cash aid.

Malacañang said the second tranche will involve 12 million low-income households in areas under enhanced community quarantine and 4.9 million families who did not receive financial assistance during the first wave.

Duterte also reported that as of May 14, a total of 74 provinces, 134 cities, 1,346 municipalities and 32,396 barangays have been found compliant with ECQ guidelines. The Philippines has 81 provinces, 146 cities, 1,488 municipalities and 42,045 barangays based on the 2019 data of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

At present, only the cities of Cebu and Mandaue are under ECQ.

Metro Manila, Laguna, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Angeles City, Zambales and Laguna will be under modified ECQ until May 31 unless earlier lifted or extended by the government while the rest of the country is under the less strict general community quarantine.  —LDF, GMA News