Farmers, workers, and PUV drivers receive subsidies to defray losses from ECQ

Farmers, workers, and PUV drivers receive subsidies to defray losses from ECQ

Farmers, workers, and drivers are among the latest beneficiaries to receive financial assistance from government as part of efforts to cushion the impact of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon.

According to Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases spokesperson Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, “tinututukan pa rin po ng pamahalaan ang pagbigay ng tulong pinansyal sa mga manggagawa, magsasaka, at mga pamilyang nangangailangan.”

Nograles revealed that the Department of Labor (DOLE) has reported that a total of 219,458 affected workers have received 5,000 pesos each under the DOLE’s COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program ng DOLE.

“Limang libo din po ang ibinibigay ng Department of Agriculture sa mga magsasaka sa ilalim ng kanilang Rice Farmers Financial Assistance Program,” said the Palace official.

“Ipinasok na po ang pondo sa mga account ng 328,282 na magsasaka. May additional po na 46,575 na magsasaka na nakatanggap din ng 5,000 pesos sa ilalim ng SureAid and Financial Subsidy for Rice Farmers.”

Public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers and transport network vehicle (TNV) drivers have also received financial assistance from the government. Nograles said that the Department of Social Welfare and Development has reported that a total of 40,418 PUV and TNV drivers have already received their subsidies.

“In addition to this, the DSWD has distributed a total of 61.9 million pesos to 13,135 clients for COVID-19 concerns under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations program,” added Nograles.

“That is over and above the Emergency Subsidy Program for distribution to non-4Ps beneficiaries. As of 3pm today, of the P80.9 Billion downloaded to DSWD Filed Offices, P59,532,119.250.00 have already been given to 1,033 Local Government Units.”

“The Department of Finance, on the other hand, is set to launch the Small Business Wage Subsidy Program, which aims to provide a 5,000 to 8,000 cash subsidy for up to two months to around 3.4 million middle-income employees of small businesses.”— IATF PR / ptvnews.ph

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