LIST: Qualified beneficiaries of COVID-19 subsidy

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 31) - There is an assistance, in cash or in kind, waiting for people who are considered to be the most financially-hit while the enhanced community quarantine is in effect.

In a televised briefing, Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases spokesman Karlo Nograles released a list of target beneficiaries who could avail between P5,000 to P8,000 worth of aid twice.

Covered are families with at least one member who is a/an:

-senior citizen

-person with disability

-pregnant and lactating woman

-solo parent

-member of the poor indigenous community

-homeless

-informal economy worker (such as directly hired, subcontracted house helpers, public utility drivers, street vendors)

-anyone who earns wage below the prescribed minimum rate (examples: dishwashers and helpers in carinderia)

-employee with no-work no-pay situation

-a distressed overseas Filipino worker

-entrepreneur with an asset of less than P100,000

-family enterprise owner

-farmer

-fisherfolk

-stranded workers who cannot return to their places of residence at the moment

Nograles said the local government units will be asked to submit their databases of existing beneficiaries. He added the databases which will be submitted by the LGUs are subject for evaluation to prevent duplicate entries.

On Monday, the DSWD said it will be distributing social amelioration cards to LGUs, which in turn will hand out to the barangay officials. This in preparation for the distribution of cash assistance.

Those eligible to avail of the financial aid must fill out and submit the social amelioration card to be included in the local government's list of beneficiaries.

Economic relief for MSMEs

The economic team is still finalizing the relief package for distressed micro- small and medium enterprises, Nograles said.

The official also assured the current administration will help these MSMEs.

Ayoko pong pangunahan ang economic team sa ginagawa nilang guidelines para dito pero meron pong assurance ang Pangulo at ang buong administrasyon na tutulungan natin ang mga maliliit na kompanya lalo ang mga distressed MSMEs.”

[Translation: There is assurance that the President and the whole administration will help the distressed MSMEs.]

Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment has a one-time financial assistance worth P5,000 for affected workers in the formal sector. Affected workers are those who were displaced or whose work hours or work days have been reduced or whose work has been suspended temporarily.

The official also said that the subsidy will be pulled out from the ₱275 billion pesos worth of realigned funds in the 2020 national budget.

The newly approved law giving President Rodrigo Duterte additional powers to stem the spread of COVID-19 made the subsidy program possible.

Duterte, on Monday, said the national government has allotted a total of ₱200-billion-worth of aid for low-income households. Under the Bayanihan law, the chief is compelled to deliver a weekly report to Congress every Monday, where he would detail what the executive branch has done to combat the COVID-19 crisis.

Duterte has imposed a stay-at-home order for people in Luzon from March 17 to April 13, with the government putting up checkpoints and restricting non-essential travel to contain the spread of COVID-19.