Tuesday, 01 December 2020

Sarangani’s P57-M BGP approved in SB No. 2

ALABEL, Sarangani (April 27, 2020) – The provincial board approved in a special session on April 22 the appropriation ordinance for the P57-million from the Bayanihan Grant to Provinces (BGP).

According to Vice Governor Elmer de Peralta the ordinance, which formed part of the province’s Supplemental Budget No. 2, is yet to be signed by Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon.

Acting Provincial Treasurer Eliza Cania confirmed that the fund was downloaded on April 20 through the Development Bank of the Philippines and was transferred to the provincial government’s account in Land Bank of the Philippines on April 24.

Governor Solon said “gagamitin natin ito para palakasin ang isolation medical facility natin sa matag municipyo. We have to make sure that it is safe. We will also improve our isolation facility dito sa Sarangani Health Care Facility (SHCF) para hindi naman tayo mag-crowd masyado sa Gensan.”

Sarangani runs six hospitals, five of which are located in Maitum, Kiamba, Maasim, Malungon, and Glan. The other one is the SHCF inside the Capitol compound in Alabel which currently operates as a triage facility.

Solon said the building retrofitted for COVID patients at the Dangerous Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Barangay Kawas will cater to Persons Under Monitoring.

“We will use it as last resort,” the governor said. “Ito lang ay for special cases na kailangan i-monitor natin for COVID kasi kung may sintomas ang isang tao dapat nasa hospital talaga.”

Dr. Arvin Alejandro, provincial health officer, said “85% of the amount will be utilized for hospital use.”

He said “I think 60% will be all equipment to be utilized by the hospitals in dealing with the suspected COVID cases. This includes ventilators, chest X-rays equipment, mobile digital X-ray machine, and misting machine equipment.”

The governor, however, said the provincial government has an existing memorandum of agreement with the hospitals in General Santos City to cater to patients coming from Sarangani.

Also, Governor Solon said “kahit nakasaad sa batas at paulit-ulit na sinasabi ng national government that the hospitals could not reject patients, ang sa atin lang gusto nating tulungan ang hospitals sa Gensan. kung PUI (Person Under Investigation) at mild symptoms dito na sa atin sa SHCF at sa isolation unit sa hospital sa municipyo.”

According to Dr. Alejandro they had agree with General Santos City to submit a copy of the province’s “referral system for them (Gensan) to acknowledge any referral that will be brought to the city.”

However, he said before sending patients to Gensan “might as well dadalhin muna sa ating SHCF for assessment and triaging. Kung pwede, dito na sa atin. It has to be admitted in our facility. Pag-sinabing it has to be referred, then we will refer and all the proper referral forms should be provided.”

Board Member Joseph Calanao said Sarangani’s exact appropriation from the BGP is P57,741,317 and will be expended based on the guidelines of the Department of Budget and Management Local Budget Circular No. 126.

This, he said, is half of the monthly Internal Revenue Allotment share of Sarangani.

Calanao, who authored the appropriation ordinance, said the amount was approved based on the proposed programs, projects and activities where he pointed out “ang pinakadako na portion is ang procurement of hospital equipment kay we are upgrading our municipal hospitals particularly the SMC (SHCF) na maging ready na mu-cater ug mga bug-at na cases.”

Dr. Alejandro expressed gratitude for the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members for immediately approving the amount which he said signified their “support on our fight against COVID.” (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

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