Bills seek P2B for anti-virus gear

February 05, 2020

TWO lawmakers have filed a P2-billion supplemental budget to help the Department of Health (DOH) purchase surgical masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the ongoing threat of the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV).

Quezon Rep. Angelina Tan filed House Bill (HB) No. 6166, which proposes a P2.04 billion for the DOH, while HB No. 6177 of Albay Rep.

Joey Sarte Salceda proposes a P2.24 billion funding for the purpose.

In her bill, Tan said the proposed supplemental budget would be for “augmenting the budget for the health system response” of the DOH.

Salceda’s HB No. 6177 proposes a P2.04 billion to be used to buy surgical masks and PPE for the following: P945,000 for persons under investigation by the DOH; P9.45 million for health care workers; P2.025 billion for the PPE of health care workers; and P4.522 million for 40 Filipinos to be repatriated from China.