THE Cebu Provincial Government is set to extend financial aid to the 44 towns and seven cities under its jurisdiction to facilitate the purchase of food assistance amid the continued spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
In her regular live news conference through Sugbo News on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said the cash assistance will be categorized by income class in accordance with the population of the local government unit (LGU).
“As what I have promised during our mayor’s general assembly, we will be extending aid in cash. It will be our mayors who will buy the rice and canned goods for their constituents,” she said in Cebuano. The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office will issue guidelines on what type of relief goods should be extended to Cebuanos while the whole province is placed under an enhanced community quarantine.
“The cash aid will vary in amount because first of all, we recognize that not all LGUs have the same population. Second, we also recognize that some LGUs are richer, in terms of income, than others,” Garcia said in Cebuano.
For cities, the cash aid will be as follows: first to third class: P50 per person; fourth to sixth class: P100 per person.
For municipalities, the cash aid will be as follows: first class: P100 per person; second and third class: P150 per person; fourth and fifth class: P200 per person.
This means that the first-class municipality of Minglanilla, which has an estimated population of 132,000, will receive P13.2 million in cash assistance.
Danao, a third-class city with an estimated population of 136,400, will get P6,820,000.
The Provincial Government will set aside an initial estimated budget of P376 million for this purpose. The amount will be taken from the 2020 annual budget under the aid for LGU funds.
The governor said the Provincial Treasurer’s Office is preparing the checks, which are expected to be released within the week.
Garcia, though, wants the income class and population of the LGUs verified before everything is finalized. (RTF)