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DAILY EXPENSES | Filipino families still rely on their jobs during lockdown despite billions of cash subsidy – pollster
May 30, 2020 , 03:38 PM
May 30, 2020 – Almost half of Filipino families continued to rely on money earned from their jobs during two-and-a-half months of lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country, an independent survey said.

Only nearly four out of 10 Filipino households depended on the 5,000 to 8,000 pesos a month cash subsidy granted by the government under a “Bayanihan to Heal as One” law passed by Congress in March, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey said.

The May 4-10 survey on 4,000 respondents through mobile phones and computer-assisted interviews also showed 21 percent use their own personal savings, while six percent obtained loans.

More families in the capital region rely on the government’s social amelioration program compared to households in the Visayas and Mindanao as more informal sector workers lost their jobs and livelihood in Metro Manila during 76 days of work stoppage, business closures and transport suspension.

A poll showed 45% of Filipino families still relied on their incomes during the community quarantine. Conducted by the SWS from May 4 to May 10

The SWS said no list of choices were provided to respondents, and they were allowed to give multiple answers.


Money earned from the jobs was the most common answer for households polled in the rest of Luzon (43%), Visayas (51%), and Mindanao (49%).

Under the government’s social amelioration program (SAP), some 18 million low-income households received P5,000 to P8,000 of cash aid for the first tranche. Only about 98 percent of the beneficiaries were given the cash subsidy.


The second tranche will be distributed starting next week. But the number of beneficiaries was cut down to 12 million for the second tranche, and an extra five million families who were not in the list of beneficiaries were added for areas that were under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), and MECQ for the month of May.

GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE

The Philippines is set to ease restrictions in Metro Manila and other areas on Monday, following one of the world’s toughest and longest lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This comes in spite of reporting 1,046 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total to 16,634.

Aside from Metro Manila, Pangasinan province, Cagayan Valley (Region II), Central Luzon (Region III), CALABARZON (Region IV-A), Central Visayas (Region VII) including Cebu City and Mandaue City, Zamboanga City, and Davao City would be under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) starting June 1.

The rest of the country would be under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), or the transition phase between GCQ and the ‘new normal’.

(Katrina Elaine Alba/MM)
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