US gives PH P66M aid to combat COVID-19 crisis

April 16, 2020

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.