Mayor Roberto del Mundo clarified Wednesday that the P7.5 million fund they have is from the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act”, which will be spent on priority programs to combat COVID-19.

Del Mundo said P948,200 will be spent to purchase food packs; P3,027,823 to purchase medical equipment, supplies, and materials; P800,000 for the fuel of their town’s rescue boat; P300,000 for fuel of motor vehicle, and P2,500,000 for fabrication and construction of a quarantine area.

He said the P948, 200 from the Bayanihan Act will be used to buy food items for their 3rd wave of relief operations to around 300 households, which includes the 180 residents who were stranded in different municipalities where they are working and the government troops stationed in Kalayaan in the West Philippine Sea.

The allocation of the fund went through the Local Fund Committee for the supplemental budgeting on April 20 and on April 22 for submission to the municipal council for an appropriation ordinance.

After this process, Del Mundo said they will withdraw the amount for their purchases next week.

Del Mundo clarified that their calamity fund from the 70 percent mitigation fund was worth P700,000 which was used to purchase assorted grocery items and rice which that residents have received. The 30 percent quick response fund (QRF) was used for the 2nd wave of relief operations, distributed as cash assistance.

In the mainland, around P3,000 will be given to each family plus food packs worth P1,200. Those without families but of legal age will receive P2,000 and food packs worth P1,200.

For those living in Kalayaan, the equivalent amount of food packs which is P1,200 will be given as cash.

“Maliban pa sa kada kinsenas na kanilang regular na natatanggap mayroon mang Covid-19 o wala, tuluy-tuloy ang rasyon ng kanilang pagkain na nagkakahalaga sa P1,200 sa isang buwan. Ito ang dahilan kaya hindi na food packs ang mga binigay sa taga-isla sa panahon ng may COVID-19,” said Maurice Philip Alexis Albayda, Kalayaan’s acting information officer.

For families stranded by the quarantine on the mainland, Albayda said families will receive P4,200 each and those who do not have families but of legal age will receive P3,200.

Albayda said government troops and other workers caught by the lockdown in Kalayaan will also receive P3,000 if with families and P2,000 for those with no families.

“As per the guidelines hinati-hati namin ang pondo, gusto namin na ma maximize ito. Mapaghandaan natin ang mga the same or alike crisis na maaaring dumating na mga virus or mga pandemic that is why we prepared as well para sa mga susunod pa,” Albayda said.

“Wala pang kaso ng PUI or PUM ang Kalayaan at ayaw natin mangyari iyon pero ganoon pa man pinaghahadaan na natin ito,” he added.

He said Kalayaan’s calamity fund which came from the 70 percent mitigation allocation was first used to provide emergency response to residents for the first wave. The 30 percent was used for the second wave and the more than P900,000 from the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act will be used for the third wave.

“Hopefully, mapabilis ang proseso upang maipamahagi na natin ito sa mga kababayan natin sa Kalayaan saan man silang dako sa Palawan dahil itong ating pamimigay ay talagang provincial wide ito, mula norte hanggang sur ng Palawan at sa isla ng Kalayaan,” Albayda said.

Pag-asa barangay chairman Allan Dellosa also said that their financial allocations were from their calamity fund and from the provincial and national governments.

Some P154,000 was used to purchase food items and goods for the 1st wave. For the 2nd wave, P279,000 was used to buy rice, canned goods, eggs, and others.

Dellosa also clarified from his first statement to Palawan News that the P3,000 they gave was from the 30 percent Quick Response Fund of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO). The barangay will help only for the 2nd wave of distribution of cash assistance.