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‘Where did the Php275 billion go?’ Here is how the government will break down the COVID-19 fund

President Rodrigo Duterte is required to submit reports constantly to Congress regarding the plans of allocating the emergency fund to fight against the problems caused by the new coronavirus.

The specifics of the “Report to the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee Pursuant to Section 5 of Republic Act No. 11469”, also known as The  Bayanihan to Heal as One Act has now been released for public viewing and it shows how the P275 billion COVID-19 fund is being allocated.

President Rodrigo Duterte is required to submit reports constantly to Congress regarding the plans of allocating the emergency fund to fight against the problems caused by the new coronavirus.

Other government agencies have realigned their budgets also.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will be using its funds to buy 1,300 COVID-19 testing kits good for 26,000 tests, delivery, training, and genome sequencing which has a price tag of P53 million pesos, instead of using it for their National Science and Technology Agenda program.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will also be using their funds on COVID-19 concerns.

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The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has also prepared an initial master list of unreleased appropriations under their special purpose funds or SPFs estimated at P373 billion.

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A privately initiated budget tracker on the government’s COVID-19 response was created through Google Spreadsheets which keeps track on how emergency funds are being spent by the government which can be viewed here.

Here’s the complete breakdown:

Duterte’s first report to C… by GMA News Online on Scribd

The public expressed their anger towards how the emergency fund was allocated.

The government agencies may say they will use the funds for COVID-19 purposes but might ultimately use the funds for themselves.

Of course, most people think that the politicians are corrupt.

There are questions on where the other P75 billion went.

Agot Isidro, who is a massive Leni Robredo fan praised the Vice President, and threw shade at the government.

Some are criticizing the President for making comments on other things than announcing his plans for the emergency fund.

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Duterte never really went into detail regarding the funds.



People were waiting for Nadine Lustre’s response to the plan and the actress replied in a joking manner.

Written by JO-EST B. TAN

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