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NegOcc Capitol ops not affected by COVID

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The programs and projects of the provincial government are not affected by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said.

Diaz said that for instance, funds for rice assistance to the different cities and municipalities in the province came from the grants and donations under the Office of the Governor.

The provincial government has just completed the third wave of distribution of rice assistance to the local government units (LGUs), he also said. (https://bit.ly/36Sl7MT)

Aside from the rice assistance, the provincial government allocated P5 million each to EB Magalona town and Cadiz City where the two quarantine centers of the province are located.

Another P2.5 million was allocated for the food of Negrenses, nurses, policemen, and utility workers who are under quarantine. These came from the extra Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of the province provided by the national government to all LGUs in the fight against Covid-19.

Meanwhile, Governor Eugenio Lacson said the provincial government will earmark P100 million for the Infectious Disease Building at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital (TLJPH) in Silay City.

The fund will also come from the extra IRA of the provincial government.

“We will expand the building, designing it in such a way that if another pandemic occurs, we can close a certain part of the hospital to cater to whatever virus we may face in the future,” he said.

Lacson said that expanding the TLJPH is necessary to prepare the hospital for possible pandemics in the future.

The Infectious Diseases building will have its own emergency room, operating room, and delivery room.