Angara: Enough funding available in 2022 GAA for free COVID testing, hiring of contact tracers

Angara: Enough funding available in 2022 GAA for free COVID testing, hiring of contact tracers

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator Sonny Angara today said that COVID-19 tests if done at the government-operated laboratories, should be free of charge to the public.

With the demand for COVID-19 tests going up due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant, Angara said there is sufficient funding under the 2022 national budget to cover the requirements of the public, particularly those who cannot afford to pay for expensive tests provided by private labs.

The chairman of the Committee on Finance noted that there is P17.85 billion under the 2022 national budget for “COVID-19 Laboratory Network Commodities,” which can be tapped for the provision of free tests.

This consists of P7.92 billion under the budget of the Department of Health and another P9.92 billion under the unprogrammed appropriations.

(ai/mtvn)

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