COUNCIL WANTS UPDATED REPORT ON COVID-19 FUNDS

11 August 2022 – City officials requested the City Health Services Office (CHSO) to submit within two weeks upon receipt an updated report to the local legislative body on the utilization of the COVID-19 supplemental budget amounting to P94.2 million under Ordinance No. 92, series of 2021, current COVID-19 operations in the city and planned strategies to address the rapid spread of the virus.

Under Resolution No. 298, series of 2022, local legislators want to be updated on how the local government was able to utilize the funds that had been provided pursuant to the aforesaid ordinance, the current COVID-19 operations in the city and the planned strategies to address the present situation.

Last year, the council also required the CHSO to submit a detailed report on the utilization of the COVID-19 funds that were previously appropriated by the local government prior to the enactment of Ordinance No. 92, series of 2021.

The body also wants to be provided with updates on the planned strategies with the emergence of the various variants of the virus aside from the possible threat of the monkey pox among other illnesses that tend to pose a serious threat to the health condition of the people.

The body stipulated that there is a need for the concerned offices to provide the local legislative body with the updates on the implementation of their various programs, projects and activities and how the funds for the same were utilized for purposes of transparency and accountability before allowing further requests for appropriations through supplemental budgets.

The approved resolution will be transmitted to the CHSO for its appropriate action, information, guidance and ready reference. - Dexter A. See