THE U.S. government has provided an additional assistance of P66 million ($1.3 million) to combat coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the Philippines.
With these additional funds, the US government assistance to combat COVID-19 has reached more than P203 million ($4 million). On March 17, the US committed more than P139 million ($2.7 million) to support the Department of Health (DOH) efforts to fight COVID-19.
The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is coordinating with the Philippine Department of Health, and other stakeholders to intensify efforts to control COVID-19 in the country and beyond.
“This U.S. government support to the Philippine Department of Health for its COVID-19 response demonstrates our longstanding commitment to our Philippine friends, partners, and allies in times of need,” said U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim.
Through this additional assistance, USAID will augment its support for the country’s laboratory systems; intensify case-finding and event-based surveillance; fortify systems to prevent and control infections; expand risk communication; and support Filipino and international technical experts to enhance response and preparedness. This aid will enable the Philippines to expand its testing capacity so that more people who have COVID-19 will be able to access life-saving treatment. USAID’s assistance will also provide more Filipinos and health care providers access to the latest and most accurate information about COVID-19.
Over the past 20 years, the United States has invested nearly P29.6 billion ($582 million) in the Philippine health sector, and has provided nearly P228.8 billion ($4.5 billion) in total development assistance to advance the country’s development goals.