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The program is meant to help them during the pandemic, Prime Minister Hun Sen says
PHNOM PENH—The Cambodian government will release a nationwide financial program to support vulnerable people and people living in poverty during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Prime Minister Hun Sen on June 21 said that the “Cash Assistance Program for Poor and Vulnerable Families during the Fight Against COVID-19" will officially be launched on June 24.
“Although I did not visit you all directly in your localities or factories, I always miss and think of you all,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
According to the terms of the sub-decree, families designated IDPoor 1 and IDPoor 2 who live in Phnom Penh and other cities will obtain $30 per month, and those living in rural areas $20 per month.
Individuals qualifying as IDPoor 1, whether poor or considered vulnerable, will receive $13 per month if they live in Phnom Penh, $10 in other cities and $6 in rural areas, the sub-decree reads.
Children through 5 years old, disabled individuals, people 60 years old and older, and people afflicted with HIV/AIDS who live in Phnom Penh and other cities will receive $10 per month, while those living in rural areas will get $6 per month.
Poor and vulnerable families in the IDPoor 2 category will get for each individual $9 per month if they live in Phnom Penh, $7 in other cities, and $4 in rural areas. Children through 5 year old, disabled people, people 60 years old and older, and people afflicted with HIV/AIDS will receive $7 if they live in the capital or other cities, and $4 if they live in rural areas.
According to current government statistics, there are 562,686 vulnerable families totaling around 2.3 million people who are affected by the COVID-19 crisis, the government-aligned news outlet Fresh News said.
As of June 21, the total number of officially confirmed COVID-19 cases across the country is 129. Among them, 127 have made a full recovery while two patients remain hospitalized, the Ministry of Health said.