outbrain
Close  

DOH seeks P67.62B supplemental budget for COVID-19 response

/ 02:33 PM May 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health is seeking a P67.62 billion supplemental budget to aid in their response to the coronavirus pandemic.

During the House committee on Metro Manila Development’s online hearing, Health Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo said that the Department of Budget and Management has already approved P45.72 billion of their request.

ADVERTISEMENT

Aside from the supplemental budget, Bayugo said that the health department also realigned P2.28 billion of its own funds for the implementation of the Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP), procurement of test kits, prevention and control of other infectious diseases, and hiring of more human resources for health (HRH).

“Dagdag din sa QRF o Quick Response Funds as contingent funds for future developments relative to COVID-19 response,” Bayugo said.

FEATURED STORIES

Meanwhile, based on President Rodrigo Duterte’s eighth report to Congress on government measures in response to COVID-19 crisis, the DOH has likewise approved 5,601 slots for emergency hiring in 121 health facilities in the country as of May 15.

“Out of the 5,601 slots approved, 1,759 HRH has been hired and deployed to 31 hospitals and quarantine facilities managed by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ),” the report stated.

“A total of 1,255 HRH or 79% is to be assigned in the NCR. Under the DOH HRH Deployment Program, a total of 756 nurses were temporarily redeployed to augment the capacity of health care institutions,” it added.

As of May 18, there are 12,718 COVID-19 cases in the country, with recoveries at 2,729 and death toll rose at 831.

EDV

For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link .

Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Bureau of Quarantine, coronavirus Philippines, COVID-19, Department of Health, Supplemental Budget
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.