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Gumarin denies misspending Covid-19 funds

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Guimaras Governor Samuel Gumarin denied that the province’s coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) fund was misspent.

“Allegations that the fund went to the pockets of provincial officials are baseless, untrue and malicious,” said Gumarin.

Since March, the provincial government has already spent P101,493,602.46 for its Covid-19 response efforts. (https://bit.ly/2HoC6gU)

The governor said the province allotted a total of P117,998,977.24 for pandemic-related expenses, thus it has P16,505,374.78 left to spend.

The remaining fund will be for the “new normal” expenditures, he added.

So, how was the P101,493,602.46 spent?

-accommodation of locally stranded individuals in hotel quarantine facilities; reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test; food for front liners; personal protective equipment; medical supplies (P18,132,840)

-relief goods (P69,887,058.70)

-salaries, overtime pay, personnel benefits including hazard pay and special risk allowance of health and non-health personnel serving in the Primary and Advance Quarantine Facility and deployed in various screening posts (P7,103,174.73)

-other necessary Covid-19- related expenses of the provincial government (P6,174,529.03)

-burial/cremation expenses of Persons Under Investigation and Covid-19 patients