READ: Duterte’s sixth COVID response report
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday submitted his sixth report on the special powers granted to him by Congress to address the coronavirus crisis in the country.

READ: Duterte’s sixth COVID response report

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday submitted his sixth report on the special powers granted to him by Congress to address the coronavirus crisis in the country.

In his 21-page report, Duterte defended the extension of enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and other high-risk areas, saying it aims “to build on our existing response measures and prepare as best as we can for what will probably be our ‘new normal’.”

The President again acknowledged the continued partnership of the Executive and Legislative branches of government in the implementation of Republic Act No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One” Act.

“Please be assured that the inputs of the members of the Senate are regularly cascaded to the concerned agencies for appropriate study and consideration,” he also said.

Below are a few of the accomplishments of the government this past week:

Department of Social Welfare and Development:

-10,292,435 beneficiaries served under Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation as of May 1; P54,647,554,300 has been received by the beneficiaries

-Issued Memorandum Circular No. 12 mandating the continuous implementation of the Supplementary Feeding Program during community quarantine which targets to benefit 773,804 undernourished children

Department of Labor and Employment:

-522,855 affected formal workers benefitted from Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program; utilized amount is P459 million

-Paid 44,878 displaced overseas Filipino workers under its Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong program; utilized amount is P459 million

-Served 245,071 informal workers under its Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers program; utilized amount is P993.1 million

Department of Agriculture:

-Assisted 266,284 rice farmers under its Financial Subsidy to Rice Farmers program; P2.956 billion has been transferred to government financial institutions

Department of the Interior and Local Government:

-Extended for seven additional days from the original April 30, 2020 deadline in high population areas and four more days in other local government units

Department of Agrarian Reform:

-Rolled out its “PaSSOver: ARBold Move for Deliverance of our Farmers from the Covid-19 Pandemic,” which seeks to consolidate the efforts of the agency in addressing the problems brought about by the health crisis

-103,147 agrarian reform beneficiary identification cards have been distributed under the ARB ID System

Bureau of Treasury:

-Transferred P25.5 billion to the Social Security System account for the 1st tranche of the Small Business Wage Subsidy program, which is envisioned to provide wage subsidy for affected small businesses during the pandemic

-Raised US$129.45 billion in dividends, fees, returns of unutilized subsidies, and other remittances from various government-owned or -controlled corporations with the Department of Finance

Department of Trade and Industry:

-241 Diskwento Caravans are now providing accessible basic goods to consumers nationwide, at or lower than suggested retail prices

Philippine Guarantee Corporation:

-Approved a Credit Guarantee Program for MSMEs to provide guarantee coverage of 50 percent of the principal loan extended by PhilGuarantee-accredited lending banks and financial institutions

Philippine National Police:

-Assisted 141 indigent families under its “Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko” program, where its personnel are encouraged to adopt an indigent family by providing them food packs or grocery items or any voluntary financial assistance

Commission on Higher Education:

-Processed the Tertiary Education Subsidy of 120,798 grantees enrolled in private higher educational institutions amounting to P3.6 billion

-TES amounting to P480 million for 33 state universities and colleges and 18 local colleges and universities have also been processed for release

Department of Health:

-24 percent (or 499 Human Resources for Health) of the 2,083 approved slots for emergency hiring have been filled up and will be assigned to facilities in the National Capital Region

-An additional 95 HRH trained to collect and encode case data have been deployed to 45 hospitals

-There are now 1,426 COVID-referral hospitals across the country.

-Dedicated beds for COVID has increased to 9,932 with a 37.57 percent occupancy rate, while the total number of mechanical ventilators has increased to 1,732

-Facilitate a total of 181 foreign and local donations of medical products (2,414,200 pieces of surgical masks, 51 pieces of ventilators, 221,2010 pieces of N95 masks, and 183,819 PPEs/Medical coveralls

Department of Environment and Natural Resources:

-Authorized the use of its offices and properties as additional facilities to serve as temporary isolation areas, quarters for frontliners, and staging areas for food distribution

Department of Education:

-Generated P61,507,143 worth of resources in the form of cash assistance, PPEs, food packs, grocery items, hygiene kits, and protective gears for the use of frontliners, learners, DepEd employees, and other members of the community

 

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