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Gov Tan says Samar to get P402M aid for pandemic response

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Local government units (LGUs) in Samar will get a total of P402.6-million to boost their response capabilities in fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

The allocation per LGU is equivalent to their monthly internal revenue allotment (IRA), Samar Governor Reynolds Michael Tan said in a statement.

The province’s two cities – Calbayog and Catbalogan, will receive the highest allocation amounting to PHP118.9 million and PHP58.7 million, respectively.

On the other hand, its 24 towns will receive financial assistance ranging from PHP4-million to PHP17-million.

The Bayanihan grant to cities and towns from the national government will be solely used for Covid-19-related efforts, the official said.

These include the purchase of relief goods for the constituents, personal protective equipment for front-liners, hospital supplies, and equipment, vitamins and medicines, establishments of mobile testing or standalone laboratory, among others.

“This will boost our capabilities to fight the virus and help the most affected ones in this health crisis. This will now depend on the LGU, on what needs priority on the ground,”

The Bayanihan grant will be sourced from discontinued projects of some government agencies under Republic Act 11465 or the 2020 General Appropriations Fund, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

Tan has placed the province under preemptive enhanced community quarantine from April 1 to 15, imposing mandatory measures to prevent the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus.

Three of the confirmed Covid-19 cases in Eastern Visayas were reported in the province – two from Tarangnan town who had close contact from an infected person from Calbayog City.

With this, the Department of Health confirmed local transmission in the province.

In response, the local government of Tarangnan on Tuesday has placed the communities where the two patients reside under total lockdown to prevent further spread of the virus.

As of Wednesday, the province has 71 patients under investigation for Covid19 – 10 currently admitted and 61 under strict home isolation. (PNA)