Kalayaan, the least populated municipality in the country with only around 184 total residents, received P7.5 million from the Bayanihan Grant to Cities and Municipalities (BGCM).‬

Town mayor Roberto Del Mundo confirmed Wednesday the receipt of the funds which shall be used exclusively for COVID-related programs, projects, and activities.

“Pumasok na sa account ng local government unit (LGU) ng Kalayaan ‘yong pera. Pag-uusapan pa sa Monday ‘yong guidelines,” he said.

However, the local officials are yet to discuss how to spend the allotted funds.

Budget secretary Wendel Avisado said that BGMC may only be used to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE); COVID-19 test kits, reagents, and equipment; hospital supplies; vitamins and medicines; construction, repair, lease, or rental of COVID-19 facilities; disinfectant, sprayers, and misting equipment; personnel training; food assistance and relief goods; and other COVID-related expenses.

“Walang cash assistance sa new grant—food at medical kit lang,” Del Mundo said.

The recent emergency funds, which may be utilized based on LGU’s discretion, should be maximized during the State of Calamity period, otherwise, it shall be reverted to the National Treasury.

The Bayanihan Grant was sourced from the discontinued projects of some government agencies under Republic Act (RA) 11465 or FY 2020 General Appropriations Act.