Press Release | 20 April 2021
Following recent reports that the Department of Health (DOH) has unutilized funds for the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPEs), the DOH reports that out of the Php 3 billion budget requested by the DOH for the procurement of PPEs under Bayanihan II, Php 2,664,372,044 was approved by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
As of December 31, 2020, the approved budget has been fully transferred to the PS-DBM, as the procuring entity for DOH’s PPE needs. To date, PS-DBM is completing the procurement and deliveries of 4,477,886 PPE gowns, 13,966,780 face masks, 2,184,706 coveralls, and 1,749,364 head covers.
The DOH recognizes the need to continuously provide PPEs to health facilities across the country in order to protect all healthcare workers (HCWs), and assures that it will continue to support HCWs, whether through provision of PPEs, benefits, and vaccines throughout the pandemic and beyond.