The Makati City government rolled out its P5,000-cash assistance to 114,828 qualified individuals, one week after the implementation of the Makatizen Economic Relief Program.
Under MERP, qualified residents are entitled to P5,000 cash assistance as part of the city’s relief efforts to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am happy to report that we have already rolled out our cash assistance to over 114,800 residents in just six working days. This has been made possible through the digital platforms we have utilized to reach more beneficiaries faster,” Mayor Abigail Binay said.
The city government has partnered with GCash for the contactless and efficient delivery of financial assistance to residents.
Binay said out of some 250,000 applications received since she announced the program, 142,267 have been approved. She added that around 10,000 applications were rejected by GCash due to incomplete and incorrect information submitted by the applicants.
She said that those with rejected applications will receive a call or text message explaining why their application was rejected, and what appropriate steps they can take to get approved.
“There is no need to panic because we have allotted enough budget for the program to cover 500,000 residents,” the city chief executive said.
Binay encouraged residents to apply online for the program via the Makatizen App or the www.proudmakatizen.com portal, giving assurance that the processing of online applications is now faster.
“Online applicants who qualify can receive their P5,000 in six working days after they register," she said.
Residents can also visit the portal to view the status of their application for Makatizen Card. They just need to enter the application tracking number to access the application status. If they have submitted a hard copy, they need to go to the MyMakati Facebook page, send a message and ask for their tracking number.
To qualify as a beneficiary of the program, one must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Makati or any of the relocation sites managed by the city government of Makati in San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan and Calauan, Laguna.
One must also be registered either as a Makatizen Cardholder, or as a Yellow Cardholder under the Makati Health Program, or as a voter in Makati City.