Cash assistance of $277 million will be distributed to 49,000 beneficiaries in Cebu City on May 13

Cebu City residents whose homes and similar structures were damaged by Typhoon Odette can now expect to receive financial assistance from the city government, which plans to start distributing aid this Friday. | CDN File Photo

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Cebu City Treasurer’s Office is currently preparing to roll out payroll for cash relief, aid, and fees of 277 million pesos to 49,802 beneficiaries on May 13, 2022.

Mayor Michael Rama, who has just received a new mandate following the recent elections, had ordered that the financial assistance be released immediately after the lifting of the electoral ban.

City Treasurer Mare Vae Reyes said on a conference call that she is now signing payroll for disbursement.

“Nagsige na tag pirma its pay for my release na gyod ni karong on Friday. Usually they release around ten days but NATO is expected to take a lot of Odette casualties,” Reyes said.

Victims of Odette are expected to receive 5,000 pesos per structure owner, and since many beneficiaries are still waiting for their help in many barangays, the distribution will take the longest time.

Reyes said they could complete the distribution of beneficiaries of the TAPAT scheme, the special scheme for student education, fees for barangay health workers and fire victims faster than for typhoon victims.

They are now organizing the distribution locations, which will be in the barangay gymnasiums.

“Most likely in barangay gyms ta pero ato pa sad iarange kay mag-abot nya ang tanang distribution. So using han-ayon,” Reyes said.

She assured that from May 13, all financial aid, aid or fees will finally be distributed to the beneficiaries after two months of delay due to the elections.

Mayor Rama said he wants the disbursement to be completed as soon as possible as people have waited too long.

He lamented that the Electoral Commission (Comelec) refused the city’s request for exemption and apologized to the public for the delay.

The city was denied the exemption because, by the time the case was heard, it was already two weeks before the May 9, 2022 election. /rcg

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