As part of its technical assistance to local government units (LGUs) in NCR+ areas, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to monitor the payouts of financial assistance to qualified low income constituents affected by the declaration of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Based on the April 10 report from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), covering the payouts from April 7 to 9,  more than P1.1 Billion has already been distributed to over 1 million beneficiaries from the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.

Meanwhile, some members of the Executive and Management Committees of the Department led by DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, went to payout areas last week to monitor the distribution. Secretary Bautista joined other members of the Joint Monitoring and Inspection Committee in the payout in Paranaque City on April 7 while Undersecretary Rene Glen Paje attended the distribution in Caloocan City on the same date.

On April 8, Undersecretary Felicisimo Budiongan monitored the payout in Navotas and Valenzuela while NCR Director Vicente Gregorio Tomas joined the distribution in Malabon. On April 9, Assistant Secretary Joseline Niwane monitored the distribution in Quezon City. On April 10, Secretary Bautista together with Assistant Secretary Niwane monitored the payout in Marikina. On April 10, Director Wilma Naviamos attended the payout in Bacoor.

The Department will continue to coordinate with concerned LGUs to ensure that the distribution of financial assistance will be efficiently conducted amid the pandemic. ###