READ: President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth report on special powers
President Rodrigo Duterte submitted on Monday his fourth weekly report on the administration’s response to the coronavirus situation in the country.

READ: President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth report on special powers

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte submitted on Monday his fourth weekly report on the administration’s response to the coronavirus situation in the country.

In a 19-page report to Congress, Duterte said he has directed government agencies to “study” and “consider” the comments of some senators, including a member of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee, on the implementation of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (Republic Act 11469).

“As presented herein, a number of agencies have significantly incorporated already proposals similar to such inputs in their respective programs, and we commit to continuously address them in our succeeding reports,” according to him.

Here’s a list of some of the accomplishments this government has achieved during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine:

Department of Social Welfare and Development

-Disbursed P16,347,295,950 in special amelioration funds for 3,721,833 4Ps beneficiaries nationwide

-Downloaded P73,842,196,000 to local government units (LGUs) for non-4Ps beneficiaries

-Utilized P80,205,469 under its AICS program and Food and Non-Food Items Distribution program for 17,232 clients

-Issued a memorandum directing the inclusion of Barangay Health Workers, Barangay Tanods, and Barangay Day Workers as target beneficiaries of the agency’s special amelioration programs, subject to screening

Department of Labor and Employment

-Utilized P1.188 billion under Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program for 237,653 affected formal workers

-Utilized P410.7 million under Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers for 178,653 beneficiaries

Department of Agriculture

-Utilized P645 million in financial subsidy for 52,043 rice farmers

Implemented a zero-interest loan program for marginalized and small farmers and fisherfolks

-Implemented a one-year loan payment moratorium to benefit around 244,041 MSFFs-borrowers, with moratorium notices having been sent to 17 partner lending conduits

Department of Finance/Social Security System/Bureau of Internal Revenue

-Launched the Small Business Wage Subsidy program worth P51 billion to cover 3.4 million employees in small businesses affected by the lockdown

Department of Science and Technology

-Founded “Project HERO” and initiated a campaign called #FeedPHBabies which aims to provide “baby-friendly” relief goods for four to 24-month old babies affected by the lockdown

-Approved an additional three-month grace period in rental payment under the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program to help MSMEs cope with their losses

Commission on Higher Education

-Issued an advisory giving higher education institutions flexibility and authority to decide the course of action most appropriate for their particular circumstances, including concerns regarding the conduct of online classes, mass promotion of students, and termination of the current semester

National Water Resources Board

-Increased the water allocation of Metropolitan Water Works and Sewerage System from 42 cubic meters per second to 46 CMS for the months of May and June 2020 to ensure the continuous water supply in Metro Manila

Department of Health

-Launched a revamped Covid-19 tracker website which allows a more detailed look not only on cases, but also on hospital capacities and allows for data scientists and other interested stakeholders to download a dataset to run their own analyses

-Introduced covid19healthypilipinas.ph which consolidates fast checks, reference materials, and relevant information for each type of users – families, LGUs, and media

-Submitted to the Department of Budget and Management the P5.2 billion budget proposal for the hiring of additional 17,757 personnel for Covid-19 response to be deployed in priority health facilities

-Activated a total of 16 laboratories and hospitals, from 11 facilities, for Covid-19 testing

Department of Education

Approved 167 LGU requests to use DepEd facilities in managing Covid-19 cases in their respective areas, which involved 1,432 DepEd facilities

Department of the Interior and Local Government

-Issued Memorandum Circular No. 2020-072 which directs all LGUs to provide temporary shelter and accommodation to health workers in provincial or city hospitals and other public health facilities accommodating Covid-19 patients

Government Service Insurance System

-Implemented the Bayanihan Frontliners Fund, an enhanced group personal accident insurance coverage for frontliners who are exposed to the risk of contracting Covid-19 and other related hazards

-Extended the grace period for payment of premiums for 171 covered agencies from 60 to 90 days on non-life insurance policies and premiums due for payment within the quarantine period until normal business operations are restored

-Granted emergency loans in the amount of P20,000 with an annual interest of six percent payable in three years to active members and old-age pensioners nationwide

Philippine Health Insurance Corporation

-Prepositioned funds to enable 5,095 PhilHealth-accredited Health Care institutions (HCIs) to quickly respond to the Covid-19 threat

-Released P8.318 billion to 226 HCIs

Local Water Utilities Administration

-Approved the requests for suspension of loan amortization of six water districts in Cebu, Surigao del Sur, Quezon, Iloilo, and Tarlac

Department of Transportation

-Announced rental holidays and deferral of rental charges for all airport concessionaires nationwide

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