Navotas reverts P32 million for additional aid
The City Government of Navotas has reverted some of its allocation for various offices to provide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) 'ayuda' to all intended beneficiaries.
Mayor Toby Tiangco said City Appropriations Ordinance No. 2021-09 upheld the reversion of P32.4 million earmarked for machinery repair and maintenance, drugs and medicines, supplies and materials, and office equipment.
"We received P199,871,000 from the national government for ECQ ayuda. Of this, P199,098,000 has been distributed to 27,131 beneficiaries of Social Amelioration Program Bayanihan 1; 855 recipients of SAP Bayanihan 2; 11,128 members of 4Ps; and 19,071 waitlisted in SAP," he explained.
"As of April 23, we have a balance of P773,000, insufficient to cover the remaining 13,525 beneficiaries," he said. "We had to look for additional funds so we could provide the financial assistance."
Tiangco said the city had to raise an estimate of P34,320,000 to be able to distribute cash aid to 10,233 SAP waitlisted, 2,690 registered persons with disability, and 592 registered solo parents.
"We are still short of around P2 million that is why we plan to use some of our Gender and Development Fund to complete the needed amount," he said.
Tiangco asked the public for understanding if the city government will have to forgo some programs or projects.
"Just like in a family, when times are hard, we tighten our belts and give priority to things that are of utmost importance. We need to spend our limited resources prudently so we could all stay afloat until the pandemic is over," he said.
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