DILG: Over P67.8-M Bayanihan grant for NVizcaya
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, April 26 (PIA) – The province is expected to receive more than P67.8 million as Bayanihan Grant soon to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rodney Jallorina, DILG project manager said the amount is part of the P30.824 billion approved Bayanihan Grant to cities and municipalities which are coping with the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
“This will boost their capacities to respond to the needs of their constituents amidst the COVID-19 crisis,” he said.
Jallorina made the statement during the recent meeting of the Provincial COVID-19 Task Force (PCOVID-19TF) at the Pasalubong Center in this town.
The one time grant to the cities and municipalities is equivalent to one month of their Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) which they can use for their COVID-19 response and relief efforts.
In a Memorandum to Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Wendel Avisado, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea has already informed the DBM of President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval of the Bayanihan grant and ordered the immediate release of the funds to cities and municipalities.
Jallorina said the Bayanihan funds should be used solely for programs, projects and activities on COVID-19 such as relief goods for low-income and vulnerable households, procurement of personal protective equipment for frontline service providers, medicines and vitamins, hospital equipment and supplies, disinfectants and related equipments and tents for temporary shelter of the homeless, among others.
“Cities and municipalities must use Bayanihan Grant wisely and maximize it for the benefit of their constituents,” he said. (MDCT/BME/PIA 2-Nueva Vizcaya)