10.5 billion peso Bayanihan Grant for Mindanao: how much did your town, city or province get and how did they spend the money?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 September ) – Want to know how much money your city, town and province received from the Bayanihan Grant?  And how did they spend the millions of pesos intended to be “exclusively used for … COVID-19-related programs, projects, activities (PPAs) and expenses.”

Mindanao’s 27 provinces, 33 cities and 422 towns received a total of 10.5 billion pesos out of a total of 37.02 billion pesos nationwide for the Bayanihan Grant to Cities and Municipalities (BGCM) and Bayanihan Grant to Provinces (BGP), a one-time assistance to the local government units (LGUs) provided under

Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan Heal as One Act to allow them to quickly respond to the public health crisis.

A frontliner from the Cagayan de Oro Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office adjusts her safety goggles over her personal protection gear as she and other team members prepare to fetch returning Iligan residents at the Laguindigan Airport in Misamis Oriental on August 20, 2020. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO

Residents are supposed to know where the money went because the mayors and governors are mandated to prepare a “monthly report on fund utilization and status of implementation of the PPAs” using a format prescribed by the  Department of Budget and Management (DBM) under  Local Budget Circulars 125 for cities and municipalities and 126 for provinces.

The local chief executives are also mandated to “post the accumulated reports” on the local government unit’s website and in “at least three conspicuous public places in the locality at the end of every month.”

The BGCM is equivalent to one-month FY 2020 Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) share of the cities and municipalities and is intended to “boost their capacity in immediately responding to the COVID-19 emergency.”

The BGP on the other hand is equivalent to one half of one-month FY 2020 IRA of the provinces and is intended to be used “as augmentation to the funding requirements for the operation of provincial, district, and other local hospitals operated by the provincial government, and maintenance of duly established provincial checkpoints related to COVID-19, in support to the on-going efforts of the Government to respond to the crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The IRA is the annual share  of local government units from national internal revenue taxes.  The formula for computation takes into account the LGU’s population (50%), land (25%) and equal sharing (25%) so LGUs with a bigger population and land area get a bigger share of the IRA pie.

Among Mindanao’s 27 provinces, Bukidnon received the biggest chunk of the BGCP  at 125.2 million pesos, followed by Lanao del Sur with 117.9-M  and North Cotabato with 116.7-M and Camiguin got the smallest share at 23.6-M. (see complete list below)

Among the 33 cities, Davao topped with 462-M pesos followed by Zamboanga with 263.8-M and Cagayan de Oro with 156.3-M and El Salvador at the bottom with 35.8-M. (see complete list below)

“Exclusively used”

According to the DBM’s Local Budget Circular No. 125, the BGCM is to be “exclusively used” for the following COVID-19-related programs, projects, activities, and expenses, subject to existing procurement, budgeting, accounting and auditing rules and regulations:

  1. Procurement of personal protective equipment
  2. Procurement of equipment, reagents, and kits for COVID-19 testing;
  3. Procurement of medicines and vitamins;
  4. Procurement of hospital equipment and supplies;
  5. Procurement of disinfectants, sprayers, disinfection tents and other disinfecting supplies and misting equipment;
  6. Food, transportation (including fuel), and accommodation expenses of medical personnel and other LGU personnel directly involved in the implementation of COVID-19-related programs, projects, and activities (PPAs)
  7. Food assistance and other relief goods for affected households
  8. Expenses for the construction/repair/lease/rental of additional space/building to accommodate COVID-19 patients and persons under monitoring/investigation;
  9. Expenses for the operation of stand-alone/mobile testing laboratory
  10. Expenses for the purchase/rental of tents for temporary shelters of the homeless;
  11. Expenses for training of personnel in the conduct of COVID-19 testing and other related trainings; and
  12. Other necessary COVID-19-related PPAs and expenses.
Soldiers belonging to Task Force Davao screen passengers at a checkpoint in Lasang, Davao City on 16 March 2020. Davao City has declared that it will not allow the entry of residents from Tagum City and Pantukan into the city and that it will be locking down its borders with the rest of Davao del Norte to prevent the spread of COVID-19. MindaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO

The BGP, according to Local Budget Circular 126, is intended to “augment the funding requirements for the operation of provincial, district, and other local hospitals operated by the provincial government, for COVID-19-related P/A/Ps and expenses”  such as procurement of items 1 to 5 as listed under the BGCM.

It is also to be used for “food, transportation (including fuel), and accommodation expenses of medical/health workers and other personnel of the provincial, district, and other local hospitals operated by the provincial government; expenses for the construction/repair/lease/rental of additional space/building to accommodate COVID-19 patients and persons under monitoring/investigation; expenses for training of medical/health personnel of the provincial, district, and other local hospitals operated by the provincial government relative to the conduct of COVID-19 testing and other related trainings; and other necessary COVID-19-related P/A/Ps and expenses of the provincial, district, and other local hospitals operated by the provincial government.

The BGP is also to be used for the  operation and maintenance of duly established provincial checkpoints related to COVID-19, such as provision of foods, medicines/vitamins, personal protective equipment, and disinfecting supplies for the exclusive use of provincial government employees and personnel concerned, including those hired under Contract of Service and Job Order schemes but the circular reiterated that the use of the BGP for this purpose “shall augment, and not duplicate, the funds allocated for National Government agencies like the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, among others. “

Monthly reports

The DBM’s circulars also mandated the governors and mayors to send a written notice when they have posted on their websites their BGCM and BGP utilitization reports on their website, to the DBM, House of House of Representatives, Senate of the Philippines, House Committee on Appropriations, Senate Committee on Finance, and other offices where the submission of reports is required under existing laws, rules, and regulations.

Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado in a letter circular on July 10 noted there is a “relatively low utilization rate”  of the Bayanihan Grant and reminded mayors and governors to expedite the utilization of their respective allocations from the Bayanihan Grant; “efficiently identify and implement P/A/Ps that are responsive in addressing the COVID-19 situation in the LGU” and strictly comply with the posting and reporting requirements.

Moreover, it has been noted that there is a low number of LGUs that send a written notice to the DBM regarding the posting of their monthly reports.

Health workers at the former Maguindanao provincial capitol building in the municipality of Shariff Aguak in full battle gear, photographed on Monday (27 July 2020), are now ready to accept locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs). The big building has now been converted into a COVID-19 Ligtas Center. MindaNews photo by FERDINANDH CABRERA

Aside from the DBM’s mandate, President Rodrigo Duterte on August 24 said funds released to deal with COVID-19 should all be accounted for. “Huwag kayong mag-alala lahat ng pera diyan nagastos dito sa away ng COVID ay maa-account (Do not worry. All the money spent in the fight against COVID will be accounted for). I will hold myself responsible for this sole and solemn duty of answering for and in behalf of the Executive department of all the funds that were spent in the fight against COVID,” he said.

Only seven of 27 provinces and eight of 33 cities have posted their Bayanihan fund utilization report on their websites as of 11p.m. on September 3. (see other story)

Bayanihan Grant for Provinces

The Bayanihan Grant for Provinces is 6.2 billion pesos (6,197,287,773 pesos) for all 81 provinces. For Mindanao’s 27 provinces, the total amount received is 1.8 billion pesos (1,862,791,780 pesos) or 30.05% of the national total. The BGP is equivalent to half a month IRA share.

BAYANIHAN GRANT FOR MINDANAO PROVINCES
Amounts represent half a month’s IRA share
Source: Department of Budget and Management

No. PROVINCE BAYANIHAN GRANT (in PhP)
1. Bukidnon 125,220,588
2 Lanao del Sur 117,976,609
3. North Cotabato 116,698,482
4. Maguindanao 101,081,053
5. Zamboanga del Norte   93,935,198
6, Agusan del Sur   94,455,333
7. Zamboanga del Sur   80,525,484
8. Sultan Kudarat   76,242,830
9. Misamis Oriental   69,010,990
10. Sulu   61,860,250
11. Lanao del Norte   60,163,452
12. Davao de Oro   69,544,500
13. Zamboanga Sibugay   61,296,195
14. South Cotabato   74,051,810
15. Surigao del Sur   65,967,829
16. Davao Oriental   68,205,631
17. Sarangani   57,741,417
18. Tawi-tawi   50,818,686
19. Surigao del Norte   47,617,664
20. Davao del Norte   75,627,217
21. Davao del Sur   54,390,984
22. Misamis Occidental   52,651,420
23. Agusan del Norte   46,056,996
24. Basilan   47,767,193
25. Davao Occidental   41,327,787
26. Dinagat Islands   28,951,533
27. Camiguin   23,604,649


Bayanihan Grant for Cities

The Bayanihan Grant for Cities is 12.4 billion pesos (12,437,657,222) for all 145 cities. For Mindanao’s 33 cities, the total amount received is 3.14 billion pesos (3,141,427,792 pesos) or 25.3% of the national total. The Bayanihan Grant for Cities is equivalent to one month IRA share.

BAYANIHAN GRANT FOR MINDANAO CITIES
Amounts represent a month’s IRA share
Source: Department of Budget and Management

No. CITY BAYANIHAN GRANT  (in PhP)
1 Davao 462,047,664
2 Zamboanga 263,816,273
3 Cagayan de Oro 156,283,838
4 General Santos 150,298,788
5 Iligan 137,604,081
6 Butuan 137,021,260
7 Malaybalay 124,538,952
8 Valencia   97,046,870
9 Mati   94,093,447
10 Bayugan   91,505,899
11 Gingoog   85,212,650
12 Pagadian   81,438,955
13 Cotabato   80,550,604
14 Tagum   76,069,243
15 Kidapawan   70,921,677
16 Koronadal   69,720,979
17 Digos   69,682,026
18 Panabo   69,139,371
19 Dapitan   64,721,661
20 Surigao   64,060,661
21 Bislig   61,899,682
22 Island Garden City of Samal   60,932,715
23 Dipolog   60,193,212
24 Marawi   58,765,509
25 Cabadbaran   57,091,162
26 Ozamiz   56,225,838
27 Isabela   56,095,135
28 Tandag   52,948,575
29 Lamitan   52,780,109
30 Oroquieta   50,857,748
31 Tacurong   48,330,974
32 Tangub   43,733,090
33 El Salvador   35,799,144

 


Bayanihan Grant for Municipalities

The Bayanihan Grant for Municipalities is 18.4 billion pesos (18,386,102,024 pesos) for all 1,489 towns nationwide.  For Mindanao’s 422 towns, the total amount received is 5.5 billion pesos (5,502,509,703) or 29.9% of the national total. (see separate list). The Bayanihan Grant for Municipalities is equivalent to one month IRA share.

The BGCM and BGP  are to be used by the LGUs for the duration of the state of calamity declared by the President by virtue of Proclamation No. 929 on March 16, 2020. Unutilized funds after its lifting shall revert to the National Treasury. (Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews)

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