By Genalyn Kabiling
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and four other Cabinet members recently made a combined cash donation of P1.26 million to the government’s coronavirus response.
Medialdea, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado, and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. are among the donors identified in President Duterte’s ninth weekly report to Congress released by the Palace on Monday.
The President’s report included a summary of domestic cash donations received by the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) from the government sector as of May 21.
In the report, Medialdea made a cash donation of P273,165.10 to the OCD last April 30. The same amount of donation was given by Nograles and Cusi on the same day.
Esperon gave P176,164.15 to the OCD on April 30, while Avisado donated P273,170 last May 11.
Last April, Nograles announced that many Cabinet members pledged to donate 75 percent of their monthly salary for the coronavirus response. Some officials in the executive branch even offered to donate a large chunk of their salary until December this year, he said.
In the President’s list of donors, the cash donations received by OCD from the government sector reached P31.4 million as of May 21.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines personnel so far made the biggest donation of P16.9 million to the OCD last May 15. The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology personnel turned over a P7.1 million donation to the OCD last May 11.
The National Transmission Commission gave a P3 million donation to the Philippine National Red Cross last April 26. The National Intelligence Coordinating Agency personnel also donated P1 million to the OCD last April 11.
Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad of the OCD made a P100,000 donation to the government while former OCD Assistant Secretary Kristoffer Purisima donated P50,000.
Two anonymous donors from the government gave P688,600 and P20,000, respectively last month.
Other government donors listed in the OCD table are:
Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region XII, P80,000;
Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Bernardo Florece, P10,000;
National Security Council officials and employees made three cash donations — P279,415.11; P11,586, and P32,834.74 last month;
Metro Manila Development Authority, P510,000;
Officers of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources in Saranggani, P8,500;
Albert Mogol, regional director of OCD-Cordillera Administrative Region, P20,000;
Officers and staff of OCD-Regional Office (RO) IIII, P28,700;
Regional Director Olive Luces, OCD-CALABARZON, P10,000;
Director Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro IV, OCD, P10,000;
Regional Directo Eugene Cabrera, OCD-RO I, P10,000;
Director Edgar Posadas, OCD, P10,000;
Regional Director Dante Bala, OCD Regional Office III, P50,000;
Director Tecson Lim, OCD, P10,000;
Director Suana Juangco, OCD, P17,000;
Assistant Secretary Casiano Monilla OCD, P40,000;
Regional Director Minda Morente, OCD-RD XII, P20,000;
Regional Director Liza Mazo, OCD-CARAGA, P10,000;
Regional Director Ruben Carandang, OCD-Mimaropa, P10,000;
Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary Florida Dijan, P35,000; and,
Officers and staff of OCD-Regional Office VII, P57,000.