“MABILIS na matatapos ng Lungsod ng Caloocan ang pamamahagi ng ayuda sa mga pamilya sa loob ng ilan pang araw.”
Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan thus declared with confidence, after receiving report from the City Social Welfare Development Department on Tuesday that 92% of the total beneficiaries or 342,725 families have already received their cash assistance from the national government.
Despite the 25-days extension, or until May 15 given by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) from its earlier 15-days deadline, the mayor believed that the distribution of cash assistance to qualified beneficiaries in the city will be completed in a few more days.
Mayor Oca said the use of text messaging and other modern online digital technology in the scheduling, distribution, and documentation system, which was simultaneously conducted in the barangay mobile caravans, as well as the dedication and ability of students from the University of Caloocan City, who served as paymasters, was a big help to speed up the distribution of cash aid.
“Sa kabila ng pagiging malaking lungsod at mahigpit na pagpapatupad ng physical distancing, sa loob ng 13 operational days ay nasa 92% accomplishment na tayo. Hindi natin ito masasakatuparan kung wala ang tulong at kooperasyon ng ating mga barangay, mga estudyante ng UCC, ang USSC, na siyang ating partner remittance company, at sa lahat ng ating mga naging katuwang para mas mapabilis ang pamamahagi ng tulong-pinansyal sa mga mamamayan,” Mayor Oca lamented.
To date, more than P1.22 billion has already been distributed in Caloocan, including additional cash assistance received by beneficiaries who have consulted the Grievance Desk and were later been approved to receive additional aid.
“Kasabay ng ating mabilis na distribusyon ay pinapatutukan din natin ang mga hinaing sa ating mga Grievance Desk, nang sa gayon ay maibigay kaagad ang karagdagang cash aid na dapat matanggap ng mga benepisyaryo,” the city chief executive said.