Iloilo has P270-M war chest vs COVID-19

first_img* purchase ofthermal scanners and similar medical devices, including medicines and medicalsupplies “We’re tapping thesavings of PDRRMC. Unutilized funds for various past programs would bereprogrammed for our COVID-19 responses,” said Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. * for purchase ofpersonal protective equipment (PPEs) such as alcohol and sanitizers, headcover, disinfectants, gloves, aprons, medical masks, eye protection (goggles orface shields) and such other similar protective devices and supplies * P6.5 millionunexpended programmed budget on El Niño measures in 2016 Defensor recentlycame up with general guidelines on the utilization of provincial fundsvis-à-vis the implementation of Executive Order Number 080 imposing theenhanced community quarantine. These were: * food package forfrontliners, healthcare workers and those conducting checkpoints and monitoringpersons under quarantine * tarpaulins,signages and purchase of supplies for information, education campaign on thepreventive measures for COVID-19 and other relate activities The fund may alsobe utilized to address the needs of frontliners such as healthcare workers. The provincialgovernment itself may also come up with programs for the current public healthconcern such as procuring relief goods for those economically displaced by theongoing enhanced community quarantine, or just release financial assistance tothem, said Defensor. * P93 millionunexpended budget for the construction of evacuation centers in 2018 Defensor said thesefunds would augment the budgets of various local government units for theirrespective COVID-19 responses. * P70 million capitaloutlay (continuing appropriations from 2014 to 2018) The unutilizedPDRRMC funds were from 2016 to 2019. These were: * P69 millionunexpended from the PDRRMC fund (unprogrammed) ILOILO – TheProvincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) hasP270,111,458.78 solely for responses to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)pandemic. * fuel andlubricant expenses * P31.5 millionunimplemented programmed budget on El Niño measures in 2019 * purchase ofrelief goods for suspected COVID-19 cases * other elated andnecessary expenses/PNlast_img

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