PPOC SoLeyte realigns 2020 funds for COVID-19 measures
MAASIN CITY, June 18 (PIA) – – The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) – SoLeyte realigns some of its funds intended for different programs, projects and activities (PPAs) to pave the way for COVID-19 measures.
The move was unanimously agreed by the body during the meeting held Tuesday, June 10, 2020 after a thorough review of all PPAs approved last year.
PPOC Chair Governor Damian Mercado led in the identification of urgent peace and order programs to continue its implementation just to ensure the stability in the province while searching for more funds to respond COVID-19 crisis in the locality.
Of the PPOC 2020 funds amounting to P15 Million, the council finally realigned some projects and came up with P7.7 Million funds for the COVID-19 measures.
Among those programs affected were the activation and provision of the operational expenses of the SWAT Unit in the Southern Leyte Provincial Police Office (SLPPO) and establishment of Balay Silangan in Hinunangan.
“ The budget for the establishment of Balay Silangan may be scrapped in favor of COVID-19 measures since there are already two anti- illegal drugs clinics in Maasin City and Pintuyan, ” DOH Provincial Officer Dr. Verna Fernandez explained.
PNP Provincial Director Col. Nelson Eucogco volunteered for the SWAT operational budget to forego to pave the way for COVID -19 measures to include the needs of frontliners manning the checkpoints, among other measures.
DILG LGOO VI Roma C. Demeterio, who facilitated the said meeting, advised the members of the PPOC that 2020 funds can now be realigned as provided in DILG Memorandum Circular 2020-79.
“ The local government units can also do likewise,” Demeterio said referring to the utilization of peace and order funds by realignment for COVID-19 measures.(esg/PIA-8 SoLeyte)