DAVAO CITY – The City Government of Mati in Davao Oriental has approved the 2022 Covid-19 Response and Preparedness Budget (Covid-19 RPB) of around PHP140 million, an official said Monday.
In an interview, Ben Jason Tesiorna, Mati City Information Officer, said Mayor Michelle Rabat approved the budget as proposed by the Mati City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC).
“Actually this is not the actual budget allocation which is included in the City’s General Appropriation Act (GAA). This estimated allocation for next year’s budget will be coming from CDRRMC, City Health Office (CHO), City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), City Mayor’s Office, and other offices,” he told Philippine News Agency (PNA).
For this year, the Covid-19 response and preparedness budget expenditures have already reached PHP89 million, of which PHP72 million came from the budget of the CHO, CDRRMO, and CSWDO.
The PHP17 million, on the other hand, came from the City Mayor’s Office for the ongoing construction of 17 barangay isolation units that would serve as disease surveillance stations in 17 barangays.
“The PHP89 million is 70 percent of the total budget of PHP127 million for 2021,” Tesiorna added.
As of October 11, the city still has 70 active cases out of the 2,913 total Covid-19 cases. Some 2,752 individuals have already recovered, while 91 have succumbed to the disease.
On the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination program, 28.3 % of the target population are now fully vaccinated while 7.3% have received their first dose, with 64.3 % still unvaccinated. (PNA)