Albay allots P500 M in fight vs Covid-19

March 21, 2020

LEGAZPI CITY --- Albay  would be spending close to P500 million to finance   the  prevention and control of the  spread of the Corona Virus disease  (Covid-19) following the official declaration on Tuesday, Mar. 17 placing the province under the state of calamity.


Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara on Wednesday, Mar. 18 signed  an ordinance passed  by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP)  placing the entire province under a state of calamity in compliance with Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s executive order  declaring a State of Public  Health Emergency throughout the country.

Bichara after signing the state of calamity declaration has directed the Covid-19 Prevention and Control Crisis Committee, to set up a finance mechanism  to operationalize  effectively the delivery of services to prevent and control the spread of the disease, and provide needed assistance to caution the health and economic  impact  of the disease.

Cedric Daep, Albay Public Safety Emergency and Management Office  (APSEMO) chief in an interview said some P488 million funds would be needed to operationalize and  sustain  the campaign versus Covid-19.

Daep  has expressed concern that  so far the province was only able to raise P26.3 million arising from the 30 percent  Quick Response Fund  (QRF) for the 1st Quarter of the year. However, he said that the funds have already been depleted for initial  expenditures .

He said  the remaining P464 million would be sourced out from the national government and other generous donors  to augment, finance and implement  the month long  declared enhance quarantine program.

The  financial plan  would be spent  to support the operation and response measure to include among others:  health and social mobilization activities; education and awareness; community mobilization; medical sanitation supplies and equipment for Personal Protective Equipment 

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