Budget dept.: P6.2 billion released to aid provincial response to COVID-19

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Posted at Apr 14 2020 08:22 PM

Budget dept.: P6.2 billion released to aid provincial response to COVID-19 1
A resident emerges from a disinfecting spray booth at the Immaculate Concepcion Parish compound in Cainta, Rizal on April 7, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA--The Department of Budget and Management on Tuesday said it has released P6.197 billion to cover the funding requirements for the one-time financial assistance to provinces. 

The DBM said the amount is equivalent to half of the one-month Internal Revenue Allotment share of 81 provinces.

The amount will be used for provincial, district, and other local hospitals operated by the provincial government. 

It will also fund COVID-19-related expenses, such as the procurement of personal protective equipment, medicines, disinfectants, food, transportation and accommodation expenses of health workers and other frontline personnel, as well as the quarantine facilities for patients.