It was on April 16 that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, in a special session, discussed the matter.
According to Vice Governor Elmer de Peralta, “we already approved such ordinance, the resolution and also the downloading of the additional P2 million pesos to the seven MLGUs and the remaining balance of the P18.6 million budget for other prevention and mitigation programs, projects and activities in the province.”
The P18,675,000 in total, includes additional financial augmentation and assistance to the seven towns, additional logistic support to the Sarangani Health Care Facility (SHCF), procurement of the “Analogue Mobile X-ray” and prevention and control against the ASF and Avian Flu in the province.
The P14 million (P2 million per municipality) is already allocated for the provision of additional financial augmentation and assistance to the seven MLGUs to cushion the impact of COVID-19 on livelihood.
The P1.2 million is intended for the additional logistic support to SHCF for the establishment and operation facility for the treatment of Patients Under Investigation (PUI) and Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) of COVID-19.
The P1.5 million is for the procurement of the “Analogue Mobile X-ray” machine requested by the provincial health office to be used in identifying and classifying patients of COVID-19.
The prevention and control against the ASF and Avian Flu in the province has an allocated budget of P1.6 million.
The remaining P375,000 is earmarked for the provision of emergency relief assistance to COVID-19 frontline workers in the province.
The programs are aligned with the provisions of the “Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010” (RA 10121) and the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” (RA 11469), chargeable against the unexpended Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (LDRRM)trust fund (2019) and Quick Response Fund (QRF) calendar year 2020.
“Governor Steve Solon and I had a meeting with all the municipal mayors to come up with the programs, projects and activities adapted to the MLGUs kung unsaon nila pag gamit sa allocated budget," said De Peralta.
"But," De Peralta explained, “it’s up to the mayors, how will they utilize the additional P2 million fund but during our meeting, it was cleared that they really have to identify and prioritize the needs of their municipalities such as relief goods, and to purchase some personal protective equipment (PPEs) for their frontliners.”
Despite the absence of COVID-19, ASF and Avian Flu cases in the province, De Peralta reminded constituents that “we should not be complacent, act like our province ay may mga ganitong kaso na, we should always be one step ahead.”
“We still believe that our neighboring provinces ay may cases pa din ng ASF and bird flu, so as to prevent the entering of the disease in our province, we have to allocate this amount, mas mabuti to kasi kahit hindi pa nangyayari, we’re already doing something na,” De Peralta added.
The aforementioned programs are initiatives necessary in the fight and continued enforcement of preemptive measures against the spread of COVID-19, prevention control of ASF and Avian Flu and further providing additional preparedness and emergency responses and relief services in the province. (Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)