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DBM Released P376.6B Total for PH COVID-19 Response

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  • To date, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released a total of P376.6 billion to agencies that respond to the health and socio-economic crises triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the bulk for poor household cash aid.
  • The latest DBM data showed that the amount already used by agencies for their response to COVID-19 had reached P360.1 billion, or 96 percent of total releases, as of August 10.
  • For the COVID-19 allocations, P266.5 billion came from discontinued services, activities, and projects—P231.3 billion from the budget this year while P35.3 billion came from the budget last year.
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To date, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released a total of P376.6 billion to agencies that respond to the health and socio-economic crises triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the bulk for poor household cash aid.

The latest DBM data showed that the amount already used by agencies for their response to COVID-19 had reached P360.1 billion, or 96 percent of total releases, as of August 10.

For the COVID-19 allocations, P266.5 billion came from discontinued services, activities, and projects—P231.3 billion from the budget this year while P35.3 billion came from the budget last year.

Another P9.8 billion came from regular agency budgets, of which the 2020 budget allocated P9.7 billion and the 2019 appropriations allocated P187.2 million.

About P100.2 billion in support for COVID-19 came from special-purpose funds, including this year’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Program (P2.2 billion), Contingent Fund (P553.1 million), Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (P749 million), and unprogrammed appropriations (P96.7 billion).

The Department of Social Welfare and Development, which initiated the social amelioration program, received P200.98 billion, or more than half of the releases.

The Department of Finance received P88.1 billion; Health Department, P48.9 billion; Labor and Employment Department, P12.6 billion; Agriculture Department, P11.4 billion; Education Department, P10.9 billion; and Department of National Defense, P1.4 billion.

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