PAGCOR to beef up anti-COVID-19 fund

WHILE waiting for the release of other funds and approval of the supplemental budget, the Department of Health (DOH) can rely on Philippine Gaming Corporations (PAGCOR) for augmentation of funds to boost efforts against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID).

House Committee on Appropriations chairman and ACT-CIS Rep. Eric Go Yap said he got a commitment from the PAGCOR amounting to P2 billion to help DOH address the health crisis.

According to Yap, PAGCOR vowed to help the national government in addressing this disease by providing funds needed.

Yap also said he got word from PAGCOR that it is also willing to give additional P500 million for the procurement of needed testing kits and other medical supplies.

Earlier, the committee on appropriations has approved the supplemental budget however it was not discussed in the plenary before the Congress break. 

Yap said for the meantime, the DOH will be assisted by the PAGCOR while waiting for the supplemental budget.

“Napakalaking tulong ng pondo na ito para masiguro na hindi magkukulang ang mga kakailanganin para sugpuin ang COVID-19. We thank and commend the PAGCOR and other agencies for doing their part for us to get through this national emergency,” Yap said.

“We know that all the involved agencies are putting their best effort in this," Yap added.

As the Chair of the Committee on Appropriations, the House panel responsible for all matters relating to the expenditure of the national government, Yap assured the public that the Committee is ready to attend to any measure that needs to undergo the Congress' approval even during break. 

"Tayo ay handa sa Committe on Appropriations na tanggapin at talakayin ang mga panukala na makakatulong na malabanan ang COVID-19 at makakatulong sa pamilyang pilipino na malagpasan ang hamon na ito. Kung kailangan ng pondo, hahanapan at mabibigyan natin yan ng pondo. Wala dapat ikabahala ang ating mga kababayan sapagkat handa naman ang ating pamahalaan tugunan ang kinakaharap nating outbreak. Higit sa lahat, prayoridad natin ang kalusugan at kaligtasan ng sambayanang Pilipino,” the solon said.