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READ: Duterte’s ninth report on gov’t response to coronavirus

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte submitted to Congress Monday his ninth weekly report on the government’s coronavirus response.

In his 32-page report, Duterte said 17,458,076 of the 17,933,769 (97.35%) individuals benefitted from the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation Program as of May 22. A total of P98,638,628,300 has been received by the beneficiaries.

For Covid Adjustment Measures Program, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) already spent P3.286 billion to help 657,201 formal workers affected by the coronavirus lockdown.

Duterte reported that P1.254 billion have been disbursed to serve 122,910 displaced overseas Filipino workers under DOLE’s Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong cash assistance program.

Its Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/ Displaced Workers project, on one hand, spent P1.213 billion to assist a total of 337,198 informal workers.

Also, the President said the Department of Agriculture under the Financial Subsidy for Rice Farmers has distributed P5,000 each to 584,491 beneficiaries as of May 19.

As of May 20, the Social Security System has released a total of P21.7 billion in cash grants to 2,816,682 employee-beneficiaries for the first tranche of the Small Business Wage Subsidy program.

For the implementation of the Balik Probinsya program, Duterte said 116 beneficiaries have been assisted last Wednesday. Aside from the P5,000 cash aid, beneficiaries were also given vegetable gardening starter kits from the Department of Agriculture and will be provided with skills training by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and livelihood opportunities.

On the country’s testing capacity, a total of 259,172 tests have been conducted on 239,739 individuals (average daily testing output of 9,096 tests) as of May 20, according to the Chief Executive.

The Department of Health (DOH) has accredited three more coronavirus testing laboratories, bringing the total active testing laboratories in the country to 37. Around 79 laboratories are currently being evaluated, with the DOH fast-tracking the licensing of Stage 3 and 4 laboratories and those using the GeneXpert equipment.

In terms of healthcare resources, supplies, and equipment, Duterte said the health department facilitated a total of 213 local and foreign donations of medical equipment and supplies as of last week. Out of the 213 donations, 148 were completed and delivered.

The donations consisted of 2,823,950 pieces of surgical masks, 51 pieces of ventilators, 307,740 pieces of N95 masks, and 202,819 PPEs/medical coveralls.

Also, a total of 50,220 PPE sets procured by the Procurement Service-Department of Budget and Management have been distributed to various health facilities from May 17 to 20.

The Philippines has been under lockdown since March 16 to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease, which has affected 14,319 Filipinos as of May 25. To date the virus has killed 873 individuals in the country.

Below is a copy of Duterte’s report:

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