- World Bank pledged $100-million fast-track loan for the Philippines amid the threat of CO
- The Department of Finance said the country can receive the amount in a matter of weeks
- The DOF said the loan will allow the Department of Health to procure more CO
VID-19 testing materials and personal protective equipment for health workers
Amid the threat of CO
VID-19 in the Philippines, the World Bank has pledged $100-million fast-track loan for the country’s , the Department of Finance (DOF) disclosed.
According to the DOF, the country can receive the amount in a matter of weeks and will allow the Department of Health to procure more CO
VID-19 testing materials, as well as personal protective equipment for health workers. In addition, the country is also eligible for a waiver for the first year of commitment fees.
On March 3, the World Bank said it prepared the $12-billion financial package “COV
ID-19 Fast Track Facility” to assist countries amid the thr eat of the aforementioned di sease.
Cases in PH
According to the latest data from the Department of Health (DOH), the number of confirmed CO
VID-19 cases in the country has reached 462 as of postng, which includes 33 fa talities and 18 recoveries.
Earlier, the DOH launched the DOH CO
VID-19 emer gency hotlines 02-894-COVID (02-894-26843) and 1555 in partnership with the National Emerg ency Hotline of the Department of Interior and Local Government, and PLDT and its wireless subsidiary Smart Communications Inc.
Through the hotlines, callers can ask questions if they suspect they are in
fected with COVID-19, or request assistance if they have symptoms and/or known exposure to confirmed cases or pati ents under investigation.
The information collected from emergency calls is transmitted to the CO
VID-19 Emerg ency Operations Center and other relevant agencies for immediate facilitation and response.