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Funds to fight Covid-19, revive economy from agencies

SEVERAL National Government Agencies (NGAs) have given funding for the Cebu City Government to implement projects related to the fight against Corona Virus Disease (Covid-19) pandemic and how to survive economically.

Cebu City Councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia named some NGAs as Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

DA, through Director Salvador Diputado has given P14 million to the Cebu City Government through Mayor Edgar Labella to construct a food terminal at South Road Properties.

Diputado said that aside from food terminal, they will also conduct seminars to Cebu City residents who want to engage in urban gardening to increase food production, and give them free seeds, seedlings and organic fertilizer.

Increasing food production, Diputado said, is one of the ways to survive from economic crisis because of Covid-19 lockdowns.

The DOH has also given the Cebu City Local Government Unit (LGU) some funding for financial assistance to health workers. The DOH downloaded the funds to the LGU that implemented it.

The DILG also has provided funding to the Cebu City Government in support for contract tracing and allowances to the contract tracers.

The DSWD has provided the Special Amelioration Program (SAP) for the Cebu City residents.

“So, it will really depend on the NGA’s proposal and suggestion on how to implement,” Garcia said.

He agreed with former mediamen Souie Mercado who said that Covid-19 is here to stay forever and the government must strengthen the health care industry.

He said that with the help of the several NGAs in various capacities, Cebu City will survive.

He said that when Covid-19 started in March 2020, we saw a health care system that was not very well versed with this particular virus because it was new.

He said that if we can strengthen our medical facilities and medical institution especially in Cebu City, we will see less and less death due to Covid-19 or due to any sickness for that matter. ELIAS O. BAQUERO