The amount of P5M is allocated for the health sector for equipment, facility and supplies while another P5M is allocated for relief operations.
Half of the financial resources will come from the province’s 2020 Quick Response Fund. Additional assistance is expected to come from the Cordillera regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
The provincial government will provide relief goods to indigent families affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine declared over the entire Luzon area. The offices of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and Red Cross will jointly spearhead relief operations.
Vice Governor Dave Odiem informed the measure was legislated to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The proposal was deliberated during the recent emergency meeting of the provincial task force.
“We have to be ready with the needed resources in order to stem the spread of the dreaded disease,” Odiem said adding the frontliners, the vulnerable sector have to be provided their needs and those to be affected particularly indigents who need assistance.
Gov. Ferdinand Tubban assured the people of Kalinga that the whole of the province’s officialdom is doing its best to ensure its people from getting afflicted from the virus.
“All we need is your cooperation and support to the enhanced community quarantine requirements, rules and regulations,” he said.
He also called on the municipal, city and barangay LGUs to do the same in order to have unison in actions. He asked local chief executives to disseminate to the people to observe and follow every guideline coming from higher authorities.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Thursday night directed governors, mayors and barangay chairmen nationwide to abide with the enhanced community quarantine guidelines set by the inter-agency task force. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)
By Peter A. Balocnit