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The Provincial Board of the Province of Palawan approved yesterday the request of Gov. Jose Alvarez to pass an ordinance ratifying the utilization of PDRRMC’s accumulated P59,760,501.50 Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Special Trust Fund as of Dec. 31, 2019.
Although the request of the chief executive through a letter dated March 16, 2020 was originally included in the “Other matters” of the agenda, it was approved immediately because of urgency.
Provincial Administrator Joshua Bolusa explained that part of the fund will be used for the compensation and benefits of the frontliners such as the doctors of barangay, nurses, barangay health workers, members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), and the members of the Peace and Order Program (POP).
In addition, PDRRM Officer Jeremias “Jerry” Alili said that the approved budget will be utilized also for the construction of isolation building for the identified hospitals in the island municipalities and in purchasing personal protective gears (PPG’s) for the frontliners, responders, MDRRMO, district hospitals and all hospitals in the province for centralized effort.
During the “Emergency Meeting for COVID-19 Preparedness and Response” of the provincial officials last week, Gov. Alvarez already announced the plans on the construction of isolation buildings with isolation rooms as preparations to worst-case scenario if in case the number of Persons Under Investigation (PUI’s) have increased and isolated rooms of a certain hospital can no longer cater them.
“Para kung magkaroon tayo ng insidente ay kaagad makontrol natin, including ‘yung pagbili ng high vitamin C at saka high vitamin D para sa mga seniors; pinirmahan ko na rin ‘yan [na ang pondo ay] galing din sa preparedness fund sa probinsya,” the Governor said.