The guidelines and procedures on the release and utilization of the Bayanihan Grant to Cities and Municipalities (BGCM) has been released through Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Circular No. 125 signed last April 7, 2020 by DBM Secretary Wendel E. Avisado.
The BGCM is part of the temporary emergency measures granted to the President through Republic Act (RA) No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” to respond to the crisis brought about by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
As stipulated in the Circular, the BGCM shall be exclusively used for the following COVID-19-related programs, projects, and activities and expenses:
- Procurement of personal protective equipment;
- Procurement of equipment, reagents, and kits for COVID-19 testing;
- Procurement of medicines and vitamins;
- Procurement of hospital equipment and supplies;
- Procurement of disinfectants, sprayers, disinfection tents and other disinfecting supplies and misting equipment;
- Food, transportation (including fuel), and accommodation expenses of medical personnel and other LGU personnel directly involved in the implementation of COVID-19-related PPAs and expenses;
- Food assistance and other relief goods for affected households;
- Expenses for the construction/repair/lease/rental of additional space/building to accommodate COVID-19 patients and persons under monitoring/investigation;
- Expenses for the operation of stand-alone/mobile testing laboratory;
- Expenses for the purchase/rental of tents/spaces for temporary shelters of the homeless;
- Expenses for training of personnel in the conduct of COVID-19 testing and other related trainings; and
- Other necessary COVID-19-related PPAs and expenses
Further, the BGCM shall NOT be allowed to be used for the following:
- Any form of financial/cash assistance;
- Personal Services expenditures, such as salaries, wages, overtime pay, and other personnel benefits;
- Administrative expenses, such as supplies, meetings, communication, water and electricity, petroleum products, other general services, and the like;
- Traveling expenses, whether domestic or foreign;
- Registration or participation fees in training, seminars, conferences or conventions;
- Purchase of administrative office’ furniture, fixtures, equipment or appliances;
- Purchase, maintenance or repair of motor vehicles; and
- Other PPAs and expenses not related to COVID-19
The fund may be utilized for the duration of the State of Calamity as declared by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte by virtue of Proclamation No. 929 dated March 16, 2020. Funds which remain not utilized after the lifting of the State of Calamity, by Presidential Proclamation, shall be reverted to the National Treasury.
Please see below the amount of grant for cities in Northern Mindanao.
- Cagayan de Oro – Php 156,283,838
- El Salvador – Php 35,799,144
- Gingoog – Php 85,212,650
- Iligan – Php 137,604,081
- Malaybalay – Php 124,538,952
- Oroquieta – Php 50,857,748
- Ozamis – Php 56,225,838
- Tangub – Php 43,733,090
- Valencia – Php 97,046,870
Total grant for Northern Mindanao cities is Php 787,302,211.00
Meanwhile, see below the allocation for Municipalities in Region 10.
Download DBM Circular HERE.