Duterte Orders Increase of Monthly Ayuda for the Poor to P500

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday ordered to increase the monthly ayuda or cash aid to P500 from the earlier approved P200 as oil prices soared.

Duterte asked Finance Sec. Carlos Dominguez III for a subsidy hike, saying P200 was too small for a Filipino family.

"I'd like to announce na, sabi ko kay Sonny, 'yung ayuda na P200, sabi ko rin sa kanya talaga too small sa isang buwan. Kaya sabi ko, maghanap ka ng pera kasi masyadong mababa," Duterte said in a speech in Malacañang.

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 Poorest Filipinos to Get P200 Monthly Ayuda

Recalling an earlier conversation with Dominguez, Duterte said he was told that it would be an "uphill battle for the next generation" if the subsidy was increased.

"Bahala na ang presidente niyan saan siya magnakaw. T*ng*n* basta ibigay natin 'yung P500. I hope that this would go a long way, really, to help. 'Wag lang sayangin sa e-Sabong," the President said.

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The government earlier approved a P200 monthly subsidy for one year to help the bottom half of the population cope with rising oil prices after President Duterte rejected the proposal to suspend the collection of excise tax on fuel.

 Several groups have asked for wage increases and fare hikes due to the rising oil prices since the start of the year.

On Monday, oil companies announced the first fuel price rollback for the year effective on Tuesday, March 22.

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