House approves P1.6-B budget for plan vs. Covid-19

The House of Representatives' committee on appropriations approved P1.6 billion supplemental funds for the prevention of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) spread in the Philippines, Wednesday noon.

Health Chairperson and Quezon Representative Angelina Tan filed House Bill 6166 that will meet the budget needed by the Department of Health for the procurement of needed supplies to counter the fast spread of COVID-19.

Earlier, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano advised ACT-CIS Party Representative Eric Go to get a certificate of urgency so the Congress could pass the supplemental budget and finish it by the next day.

Deputy Treasurer Sharon Almanza lamented the Bureau of Treasury do not have enough money needed, claiming they only have 1.65 billion to spare.

Meantime, Budget Undersecretary Janet Abuel said the government can use the P13 billion contingency fund and the national risk reduction and management's P75 billion to meet the needed amount for the anti-virus plan.