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The rules for awarding cash aid to typhoon-affected families have been established.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) announced on Wednesday that the distribution of PHP5,000 in cash relief to families impacted by Typhoon Odette will begin shortly, as concerned agencies have determined the standards for its distribution.

The Joint Memorandum Circular signed by the DILG, the Department of National Defense, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will serve as a guide for the distribution of cash aid worth PHP4 billion, according to DILG spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya in a Palace briefing.

“During the expanded community quarantine, susundin po natin iyong naging sistema noong pamimigay din po ng ating ayuda. So, if ang miyembro ng pamilya ay lalampas sa lima, hanggang limang libo lang po sila. So, ibig sabihin kung six po sila sa isang pamilya, up to PHP5,000 lamang (We’ll employ the same mechanism we did during the expanded community quarantine to distribute our aid.) If there are more than five family members, they will only be eligible for PHP5,000 in total. This means that if a family of six has six members, they will only receive PHP5,000 “Malaya said.

He stated that emergency relief for typhoon-affected areas would be distributed directly to local government units (LGUs), with the intended beneficiaries being low-income families who had been badly impacted by the storm.

Malaya stated that the LGU will have 15 days to deliver the cash help, with each individual receiving PHP1,000 or a family receiving PHP5,000.

“Ngayon, alam po natin iyong sitwasyon na sa mga ibang kabahayan ay may dalawang pamilyang nakatira sa mga ibang kabahayan ay may dalawang pamilyang nakatira sa mga ibang kabahayan ay may dalawang pami So, if ang dalawang pamilya po iyan, sabihin po natin mayroong dalawang mag-asawa tapos mayroon pa pong dalawang mag-asawa at saka isang anak, ang mangyayari po ay PHP2,000 iyong dalawang mag-asawa; at iyon naman pong tatlo – da So, ganoon po, we’ll count them by the number of families that live in the house (we know that some houses have two families). Let’s say there’s a couple with one child, and there’s another couple with one child. The first pair will receive PHP2,000, while the second couple with a kid will receive PHP3,000. We’ll tally them according to the number of families living in the house), “He went on to clarify.

The target beneficiaries, according to the Joint Memorandum Circular guidelines, are low-income households that have been badly impacted by “Odette.” Before the distribution, the LGUs would publicize the names of the beneficiaries on social media or in three prominent locations in the barangay.

The following are the general guidelines for the help grant:

  1. The assistance will be paid in cash; 2. The LGUs will manage the “ayuda” distribution under the supervision of the DILG; 3. The LGUs will complete the distribution within 15 calendar days of the start date; 4. The DSWD will provide technical assistance to the LGUs; and 5. The DILG will monitor/supervise the distribution management through the Joint Monitoring and Inspection Committee (JMIC).

Malaya said that each local government unit (LGU) must establish a grievance and appeals committee (GAC) to handle all concerns about the distribution of humanitarian relief.

Grievances and appeals will be handled only by the LGU in question, via the GAC and the JMIC.

The GAC’s membership shall be decided by the local chief executive. It will respond quickly to all concerns about the distribution of financial aid and will establish a complaint hotline.

Meanwhile, every municipality will establish a JMIC, which will be chaired by a DILG field officer. It will also keep track of LGUs’ adherence to the Joint Memorandum Circular’s stipulations. It will bring administrative and criminal charges against anyone who engages in illegal behavior.

The JMIC will be chaired by the DILG city/municipal local government operations officer; municipal social welfare officer; DSWD Field Office representative (city/municipal action teams or social welfare and development representative); and the chief of police, city/municipal police station.

President Rodrigo Duterte had previously charged the DILG with overseeing monetary aid distribution in urban regions, while the military was tasked with managing aid distribution in hard-to-reach areas.

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