DBM releases ₱70-B ‘Bayanihan’ funds to help address COVID-19

Published December 21, 2020, 3:00 PM

by Chino S. Leyco

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said the government has released funds for the implementation of several coronavirus response programs under the Bayanihan I and Bayanihan II.

(JANSEN ROMERO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a statement, Budget Secretary Wendel E. Avisado, said that they have disbursed almost P70 billion to different agencies for the implementation of the government’s COVID-19 responses.

Avisado said about P48.2 billion has already been released for Bayanihan I and P20.78 billion for Bayanihan II.

“These funds have been used to acquire testing kits, protective personal equipment and even medication/treatment for COVID patients in hopes of better preparing front liners in fighting this pandemic,” Avisado said.

“For health programs under the Bayanihan I and II, more than P69 billion were released to the DOH [Department of Health] to support the implementation of its programs and projects,” he added.

Avisado admitted that the initial purchases of personal protective equipment (PPEs) earlier this year were more expensive.

 
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