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Everybody happy! QC to give P4,000 to residents excluded from DSWD’s cash aid

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The Quezon City Council has passed another supplemental budget totaling P1.9 billion to fund the grant of cash aid to residents excluded from the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

The beneficiaries of the Kalingang QC program will receive P4,000 from the local government, or half of the P8,000 provided for under SAP.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said all needy families who have been affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic deserve to receive financial assistance.

“Sinikap nating maisakatuparan ito dahil marami ang nagpaabot ng kanilang hinaing sa regular na pag-iikot ko sa mga barangay upang personal na alamin ang kanilang mga pangangailangan,” she said.

The P479-million fund for the second supplemental budget, which will be used for purchase of relief goods, was released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on April 17, 2020 as the city government’s one month share from its internal revenue.

Included in the P1.43-billion third supplemental budget are the P750 million for SAP assistance, P200 million for hazard pay of barangay frontliners, P150 million for Kalingang QC financial assistance and P280 million for relief goods.

“We allocated P200 per day per person who actually worked at the barangay level,” said Belmonte, adding that barangays can give more than P200 as hazard pay if they have enough space in their respective funds.