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While city residents not included in the list to receive P1,500 financial assistance expressed dismay, the city government clarified that those who are not in the list are still eligible to receive it.
This is in connection with the P1,500 financial assistance per household released by the City Government of Puerto Princesa through the 66 barangays after the Sangguniang Panlungsod passed the resolution adopting Presidential Proclamation No. 929, which authorized City Mayor Lucilo R. Bayron to address the present health crisis by utilizing the unutilized city disaster risk reduction and management (CDRRM) funds and other available funds and extending financial assistance in the amount of P1,500 to each of the 62,000 households and those identified thereafter in the city of Puerto Princesa.
The city government allocated more than P94-million from the CDRRM funds intended for more than 62,000 households in the city, affected by the enhanced community quarantine due to coronavirus disease (Covid- 19).
Ms. Regina Cantillo, city budget officer of the City Government of Puerto Princesa advised city residents to approach and coordinate with their respective barangay officials.
“Sa mga nagtatanong na hindi kasama sa household (HH) list nayan po ‘and those identified thereafter,’ makipag-ugnayan lamang po sa inyong mga Barangay Officials,” Cantillo said in her post.
She emphasized the word “and those identified thereafter” which means that the recipients of the P1,500 assistance are not only those in the list, but those who are also not listed.
The city government has already released the funds to the barangays as of March 24, 2020, as confirmed by Atty. Arnel Pedrosa, city administrator and acting city legal officer.
Since yesterday, some city residents poured their dismay and disappointment in their social media post, when they discovered that they are not in the list.
Some of them were surprised since they said that they were present during the mapping survey in 2018. One resident of Barangay Tagburos complained that several names, including hers, were missing in the list of households.
While in the post of one Rizza Lucero, she said that they are not in the masterlist and expressed her angst in Cuyonon.
“Ang sa 1500 po dege sa Puerto ang akabetang lang sa masterlist ang makakatanggap agcensus sanda 2018 pa.tay dadi 2020 ren. Asta pasamuro kung patay din akabetang duto. Ang makuri kame agegetem da aming pamilya ara akatabed maski isara lamang.ja ang mapungaw dege sa Puerto.”
While others expressed their disappointment through social media post, other city residents are still expecting to receive the financial assistance.
Donna Flores, a sales lady and a registered voter of Barangay Sta. Monica said that she and her neighbors submitted their names to the office of Punong Barangay Ronaldo Mong Sayang of Barangay Sta. Monica, hoping that they can also benefit from the assistance. Her name was not included in the list since she only rented a house in Purok Employees Village.
The barangay officials of the different barangays of the city earlier informed through visible announcements and social media post that they will distribute the assistance through house-to-house in order not to compromise the social distancing.
The Liga ng mga Barangay headed by Hon. Francisco “Cocoy” Gabuco explained that the distribution of the financial assistance will not be completed in two to three days, especially for barangays that cover large territories like his barangay in San Pedro.