MARAWI CITY — The Bangsamoro Government, through its Ministry of Finance, and Budget and Management (MFBM), has already released some P1.9-billion worth of funds since the start of coronavirus diseases (Covid-19) pandemic.
According to BARMM Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Spokesperson Mohd Asnin Pendatun, the said funds were utilized for socio-economic relief for residents affected by the crisis and efforts to contain the spread of the virus in the region.
“This includes the procurement of relief goods, construction of isolation building, and assistance to hospitals among others,” said Pendatun during a virtual presser here on Tuesday, May 5.
Pendatun, who is also the BARMM’s Cabinet Secretary, noted that these funds are particularly itemized as part of the BARMM’s Quick Response Fund (QRF), and as regular funds from offices, such as Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD) and Ministry of Interior and Local Government (MILG), intended for Covid-19.
Part of the said funds is the P155-million, which was used as an augmentation fund for the Local Government Units’ QRF— P1 million for each of the 116 municipalities, P2 million for each of the 3 cities, P5 million for each of the 5 provinces, and P8 million for the 63 barangays in North Cotabato.
“The funds we used for the massive and strategic relief operations, through the Office of the Chief Minister, particularly, the Project TABANG, BARMM READi and MSSD operations, were taken from the P1.9 billion,” Pendatun said.
Furthermore, Pendatun said the P14-million worth of memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Cotabato Regional and Medical Center (CRMC) as well as the ongoing construction of the 100-bed capacity isolation building in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao were also taken from the said funds.
“Part of the said fund was the MOA signing with CRMC amounting to P14M for the upgrade of their laboratories, so they can be accredited and capable to use Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing,” Pendatun added. (BPI/PIA ICIC)