READ: Duterte submits fifth COVID report
President Rodrigo Duterte submitted to Congress on Monday his fifth weekly report on the measures taken by the government to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

READ: Duterte submits fifth COVID report

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte submitted to Congress on Monday his fifth weekly report on the measures taken by the government to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

Under the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” that granted Duterte additional powers to tackle the health crisis, Duterte shall submit a weekly report to Congress on the implementation of the law.

“A prudent and cautious approach is imperative to stem the spread of the Covid-19, and effectively supplement continuous efforts to strengthen the capacity of our hospitals and healthcare facilities,” the President stated in his 21-page report.

As of Monday afternoon, the Philippines reported a total of 7,777 confirmed cases, including 932 recoveries and 511 fatalities.

“In the spirit of bayanihan, the entire Executive department has long been directed to render full assistance and cooperation to achieve these objectives, and to mobilize the necessary resources to alleviate the conditions of all those affected by this crisis,” he added.

Here are some of this administration’s recent accomplishments in the fight against Covid-19:

Department of Social Welfare and Development

-Disbursed P96,852,535,050 for the implementation of the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations and served 6,266,522 individuals as of April 24

Department of Labor and Employment

-Utilized P1.724 billion for its Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program and served 344,805 affected formal workers as of April 23

-Utilized P205 million for its Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong program and served 20,500 displaced overseas Filipino workers as of April 23

-Utilized P575.2 million for its Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers program and served 220,320 informal workers as of April 23

Department of Agriculture

-Utilized P645 million for the implementation of its Financial Subsidy for Rice Farmers, benefitting 53,881 individuals as of April 22

-Provided assorted vegetable seeds, starter kits, and livestock to individuals and communities for the promotion of local backyard gardening amounting to P248.66 million since the implementation of its Urban Agriculture Program

Department of Agrarian Reform

-Distributed a total of 77,119 agrarian reform beneficiary (ARB) identification cards to identify ARBs in dire need of assistance and facilitate access to the special amelioration programs and other financial and livelihood assistance

-Assisted 673 ARB Organizations and generated a total gross sale of P152 million

Bureau of Internal Revenue

-Notified 199.377 small business employers that they are pre-qualified for the Small Business Wage Subsidy program

Department of Trade and Industry

-Intensified the Diskwento Caravan, a program which aims to provide consumers easier access to basic necessities and prime commodities at reduced prices by bringing them closer to manufacturers, distributors, and local producers

-The program has benefitted 930 micro, small and medium enterprises and 31,637 households in 346 barangays across 11 regions of the country

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources

-Provided fingerlings, seedstock, and seaweed propagules to fish farmers amounting to P14.71 million to support fish production

Philippine Ports Authority

-Issued 8,001 IATF IDs to ensure assistance in the unhampered movement of cargo

Department of Information and Communications Technology

-Provided free WiFi to 31 public health facilities nationwide and 110 quarantine centers

Department of Budget and Management

-Approved the request of the Department of Health for the engagement of an additional 15,757 healthcare professionals under contract of service for a period of three months, with a total budget of P2.7 billion

-Approved and issued a Special Allotment Release Order in the amount of P45.717 billion to cover the funding requirements for the efficient implementation of programs and projects of the DOH under Republic Act 11469

Food and Drug Administration

-Inspected a total of 44 new manufacturing facilities for alcohol – 14 are located in the National Capital Region (NCR), four in North Luzon, 13 in South Luzon, 10 in Visayas, and three in Mindanao

-Other manufacturing facilities inspected include three hand sanitizer manufacturing facilities in Mindanao, three personal protective equipment manufacturing facilities in Regions 3, 11, and 12; and one Covid-19 test kit manufacturing facility in the NCR

Philippine Health Insurance Corporation

-Released P10.075 billion to 317 PhilHealth-accredited Health Care Institutions, either hospitals or medical clinics, to enable them to quickly respond to the Covid-19 threat

Department of Health

-Activated a total of 19 laboratories and hospitals for Covid-19 testing with maximum testing capacity of 6,220 a day

-Reported that a new Covid-19 laboratory equipment capable of up to 45,000 tests a day arrived on April 22 and is currently lodged and being set-up at Jose B. Lingad Memorial General Hospital

-Deployed the enhanced Covid-19 Information System which involves an application using smartphones and tablets for case and contact tracing

Department of Science and Technology

-Started clinical trials to test the efficacy of virgin coconut oil in improving the condition of confirmed and probable Covid-19 patients

-Approved and allocated funds for the project that would allow University of the Philippines Manila and 22 cooperating hospitals to participate in a multicenter trial that will provide data on the efficacy of candidate anti-viral drugs to Filipino populations infected with Covid-19

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