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Parañaque team strictly manages grant distribution

Alvin Murcia



As the budget for the cash assistance from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has been received by the city government of Parañaque, city mayor Edwin Olivarez ordered the formation of a multi-sectoral team to oversee the smooth distribution of cash assistance to the listed beneficiaries.

On orders of Olivarez, a barangay and city-level grievance team has been formed and led by the City Social Welfare and Development Office, Social Services Office, City Legal Office and Data Protection Officer to oversee the distribution of cash assistance.

In the initial rollout of the cash aid, some 1,800 residents in Barangay Vitalez received the financial aid, which is part of the supplemental amelioration program approved by the national government.

The existing data bases in last year’s Social Amelioration Program 1 and 2, those who were wait-listed, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P) beneficiaries, and tricycle operators and drivers’ association, including pedicab operators and drivers’ association, will be used to identify beneficiaries per barangay in the city for the distribution.

According to the mayor, the qualified beneficiaries are those who belong to low-income households and the vulnerable sector initially identified in the database of the city hall.

Olivarez likewise expressed the city government’s gratitude to the national government for the timely and needed cash assistance for Paranaqueños.
He said that it complemented their collective efforts to provide public service in this time of pandemic.

Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Bautista also commended the city government for immediately responding to the directive and upholding the objectives of the Duterte administration to cascade the much-needed assistance to the affected sector.

Meanwhile, City Business Permit and Licensing Office chief Melanie Malaya announced the creation of a grievance and appeals committee that will act and respond to any irregularities in the distribution or concerns of the beneficiaries.

Malaya said the schedule for the remaining 15 barangays will commence in the next few days to meet the 15-day deadline set by the national government to complete the distribution of the cash assistance.