Policies, Programs, and Services of Government Agencies Concerning COVID-19

Bangko Sentral ng PilipinasMemorandum No. M-2020-008: Regulatory Relief for BSFIs Affected by the Corona Virus Disease 2019The grant of temporary and rediscounting relief measures to include the provision of financial assistance, grace period/moratorium on loans, non-imposition of penalties, among others, for BSP Supervised Financial Institutions.Check this link.
Commission on AuditCOA Circular No. 2021-002 dated July 16, 2021 re: Guidelines on the Submission in Electronic Format of Reports on the Receipts and Utilizations of Funds under Section 14 of Republic Act No. 11494 or “Bayanihan to Recover As One Act” (Bayanihan 2)This circular provides the guidelines on the submission in electronic format of reports by all source agencies and implementing agencies on the receipts, transfers and utilization of funds in accordance with Section 14 of RA No. 11494  (Bayanihan 2) using the prescribed report templates. Section 4.5 of the circular requires the submission of sex-disaggregated data and/or gender statistics as to the beneficiaries or recipients of financial assistance as basis for gender analytics in the post-audit of programs for COVID-19, pursuant to the mandate of COA under Section 36 of Republic Act No. 9710, the Magna Carta of Women.COA Website 

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Commission on AuditCOA Circular No. 2021-001 dated June 24, 2021 re: Clarification on the use of Reimbursement Expense Receipt (RER) and Certification in relation to reimbursement of expenses not requiring Official Receipts (ORs) This circular clarifies the use of RERs in reimbursement of expenses lieu of ORs issued by establishments pursuant to COA Circular Nos. 2004-006 dated September 9, 2004 and 2017-001 dated June 19, 2017. COA Website 

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Commission on AuditCOA Circular No. 2020-009 dated April 21, 2020 re: Temporary relaxation in the application of certain provisions of COA Circular No. 2014-002 dated April 15, 2014 and COA Memorandum No. 2014-009 dated August 28, 2014 in areas subject to quarantine during the period of State of Calamity declared under Proclamation No. 929 dated March 16, 2020

-COA Circular No. 2014-002 dated April 15, 2014 re: Accounting and Reporting Guidelines on the receipt and utilization of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (NDRRMF), cash and in-kind aids/donations from local and foreign sources, and funds allocated from the agency regular budget for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management [DRRM] program

– COA Memorandum No. 2014-009 dated August 28, 2014 re: Guidelines in the Audit of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Funds
This circular temporarily relaxes the application of certain provisions of COA Circular No. 2014-002 dated April 15, 2014 and COA Memorandum No. 2014-009 dated August 28, 2014 in areas subject to quarantine in so far as receipt, recording, distribution, reporting and direct release of donations in-kind and relief goods to the beneficiaries are concerned during the period, without necessarily disregarding basic controls to ensure that the donations are properly accounted for.COA Website 

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Commission on AuditCOA Resolution No. 2021-007 dated April 30, 2021 re: Automatic Suspension of Implementation of COA Orders of Execution (COEs) and Deadlines for Filing Pleadings Before the Commission During the Period of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ)This Resolution prescribes the automatic suspension of the reglementry period for the implementation of COEs and the deadline from filing pleadings before the Commission during the period only where: (1) the filing or submission is to a COA office in an area under ECQ or MECQ; (2) the action to be taken is by an office in an area under ECQ or MECQ; or (3) the person filing or submitting, or affected by an action, resides or holds office in areas under ECQ or MECQ. The period of suspension shall cease upon the lifting of the ECQ or MECQ by the National Government, and immediately thereafter, the reglementary period for the filing of pleading or submission shall resume and continue to run, and the issuance and enforcement shall proceed accordingly. COA Website 

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Commission on AuditCOA Resolution No. 2020-022 dated April 16, 2020 re: Suspension of Implementation of COA Order of Execution (COE), and Extension of Deadlines for Filing Pleadings Before the Commission This resolution suspends the filing of appeals from Notice of Disallowance (ND) or Notice of Charge (NC) and other pleadings with deadlines falling on or before March 13, 2020, and gives and extension of 60 days from filing the same. It also suspends the issuance COE to implement final and executory decision of the Commission until May 30, 2020. Meanwhile, the enforcement of COEs already issued is also suspended during the ECQ period not exceeding 60 days, including installment payment of liabilities through salary deduction. COA Website 

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Commission on AuditCOA Memorandum No. 2021-015 dated June 10, 2021 re: Audit Guidelines on the COVID-19 Vaccination Program of the GovernmentThis Memorandum provides the audit guidelines for the uniform guidance of the audit teams tasked to audit the COVID-19 Vaccination Program of 2021 under Republic Act No. 11525 approved on February 26, 2021 which implements the State policy of adopting an integrated approach to health development, and make essential services available to all people at an affordable cost.COA Website 

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Commission on AuditCOA-GPPB Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 dated March 26, 2020 re: Emergency Procurement by the Government during a State of Public Health Emergency Arising from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)This JMC allows government agencies to resort to negotiated procurement (emergency cases) to properly and timely respond to public health emergency in order to mitigate and containthe transmission of COVID-19 during the State of  Public Health Emergency.COA Website 

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Commission on AuditCOA-DBM Joint Circular No. 2 dated October 20, 2020 re: Updated Rules and Regulations Governing Contract of Service (COS) and Job Order (JO) Worker in the Government This JC is the updated rules and regulations governing COS and JO workers, in relation to CSC-COA-DBM JC No. 1, S. 2017. It allows government agencies to continue engaging the services of their COS and JO workers until December 31, 2022.COA Website 

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Commission on AuditCOA-DBM Joint Circular No. 1 dated March 19, 2020 re: Interim Guidelines Governing Contract of Service (COS) and Job Order (JO) Worker in Government for the Duration of the State of Calamity and Community Quarantine due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)This JC covers all COS and JO workers whose services are directly engaged by all government agencies for the duration of the State of Calamity and Community Quarantine due to the COVID-19. It integrates COS and JO workers’ work schedule and their welfare in the internal guidelines of all government agencies that are engaging their services.COA Website 

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Department of AgricultureMemorandum Circular No. 06, s.2020: Implementing Guidelines for the Delivery of Food and Other Agricultural Commodities To, From, and Passing Through National Capital Region During the Thirty (30) Day Community QuarantineThis issuance was released to ensure unhampered trade and delivery of agro-fishery produce (fruits, vegetables, rice, fish, poultry and livestock and its related products) and agri-fishery inputs (fertilizers, feed, feed ingredients and etc.) to, from, and passing through NCR through “Foodlane Accreditation” and other operationalization of other food delivery mechanics.Application is through walk-in or through downloadable forms available here.
Department of AgricultureSurvival and Recovery (SURE) Aid Program of the Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Credit Policy Council (DA-ACPC)The Department of Agriculture allotted Php 2.8 billion for the SURE Aid Program. It provides loans of up to PhP 25,000 for smallholder farmers and fisherfolks affected by calamity and disasters. This initiative includes a one-year moratorium without interest on payments of outstanding loan obligations of small farmers and fisherfolk borrowers under the ACPC Credit Program amounting to PhP2.03 billion.Telephone number: (02) 8928-8741 to 64
E-mail: info@da.gov.ph
COVID-19 Food Resiliency Task Force Directory
Department of AgricultureRecovery Package for Micro and Small Enterprises Engaged in Agriculture and Fisheries Food Production, and Other Supply Chain Activities in Accordance with the Agripreneurship Development Fund/Program of the ACPCLoan assistance at concessioary rates, and capacity building shall be provided to micro and small enterprises engaged in agriculture and fisheries productions, and other supply chain activities to ensure availity food supply and help them recover losses due to the ECQ.

Eligible borrowers may avail of loan assistance amounting to 300k up to 90% of their project cost , but not exceed Php 15M.
Telephone Numbers:
(02) 8928-8741
(02) 8273-2474
Department of Agrarian ReformThe PaSSOver: ARBold Move for Deliverance of our Farmers from the COVID-19 PandemicThis project provides common service facilities like mechanized farming equipment and new farm technologies.Project Leader: Atty. Emily O. Padilla
Contact Number: 3454-50-86
Website: www.dar.gov.ph
Department of Interior and Local GovernmentEmergency Operations Center and Public Assistance and Complaint CenterTo monitor the implementation of directives and measures against COVID-19 in LGUs/barangays.Contact hotline numbers : (02) 8876-3454 local 8806/8810 and (02) 8925-0343 to report complaints on the implementation of the provision of social amelioration measures at the LGU/barangay level.
Department of Labor and EmploymentLabor Advisory 12: Clarificatory Guidelines on COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP)Labor Advisory 12: Clarificatory Guidelines on COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP)To avail the CAMP, an affected worker must be an employee of a private establishment that has implemented FWAs or temporary closure due to COVID- 19 pandemic. Affected establishments must submit the following online to the appropriate DOLE Regional Office or any of its Provincial/Field Offices:
(1) Establishment Report on COVID-19
(2) Company Payroll for the month prior the implementation of FWAs or temporary closure.
Department of Labor and EmploymentThe Emergency Employment Program (EEP) or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD)A community-based (municipality/barangay) package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed, and seasonal workers, for a minimum period of 10 days, but not to exceed a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of work to be performed.Guidelines on TUPAD Disinfecting and Sanitation Project may be found here.
Department of Labor and EmploymentDOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) or KABUHAYAN ProgramIt contributes to poverty reduction and reduce vulnerability to risks of the poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers either through transitional emergency employment and promotion of livelihood and entrepreneurship.

Beneficiaries of the program shall be provided with training on how to plan, set-up, start and operate their livelihood undertakings; working capital in the form of raw materials, equipment, tools and jigs, and other support services necessary in setting-up the business; and continuing technical and business advisory services to ensure efficiency, productivity, and sustainability of the business/enterprise.
Directory of DOLE Regional Offices
Department of Science and TechnologySmall Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP)As a form of assistance with regard to the declaration of the state of national emergency crisis on COVID-19, the repayment system for SETUP beneficiaries for two months’ deferment (March-April), without interest or penalties.Contact DOST Regional Operations or
DOST-Provincial Science and Technology Center for more details
Department of Science and TechnologyRapidpassphThe Rapidpassph is a virtual identification system developed by Developers Connect (DevCon Philippines) that utuilizes QR-Code based technology to provide ease for front-liners and priority vehicles. A QR code will be placed on the vehicle window and checkpoint personnel will scan it. Through this system, there will be less contact between users and checkpoint personnel.To use the system, people under the “Authorized Persons Outside of Residence” category as per IATF-EID’s mandate must register online, then a QR code will be sent to them once approved. For further information on how to register online, visit the RapidPassPH’s official Facebook page.
Department of Science and TechnologyPublic Information DriveDOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute launched public information drive through the social media on (i) proper nutrition during the Enhanced Community Quarantine and (ii) spelling fake news on food that supposedly heals COVID-19DOST-FNRI official Facebook page
Department of Social Welfare and DevelopmentAssistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS)Assistance in the form of outright cash amounting to Php 3,000 shall be provided to the target beneficiaries. It aims to provide the basic needs of their families.

Php 5,000 shall be provided to family when two or more family members belong to the vulnerable or disadvantage sectors.
Target beneficiaries:
(1) Senior Citizens,
(2) Person with Disability,
(3) Pregnant and Lactating Women
(4) Solo Parents
(5) Overseas Filipinos in Distress
(6) Indigents/Indigenous Peoples
(7) Underprivileged Sector and Homeless Citizens
(8) Informal Economy Workers

This shall be given once a month during the quarantine period.
Department of Social Welfare and DevelopmentLivelihood Assistance Grants (LAG)LAG will be provided to Sustainable Livelihood Program beneficiary families having at least one (1) member who works in the informal sector and is displaced by reason of the declaration.

The family must be in the masterlist endorsed by the LGU to the DSWD Field Office, subject for assessment of the DSWD Staff.

Maximum amount of LAG per eligible family shall not exceed Php 15,000.
Telephone Number:
(02) 931-8101 to 07
Department of Social Welfare and DevelopmentExpanded and Enhanced Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino ProgramDSWD and DOLE shall implement this for a period of two months. Assistance shall be in cash or non-cash.DSWD and DOLE shall transfer cash, cash voucher, or goods through the LGUs or directly to families who have no incomes or savings to draw from including families working in the informal economy and those who are not currently recipients of the current 4Ps, of an amount adequate to restore capacity to purchase basic food and other essential items during the duration of the quarantine.
Department of Trade and IndustryMemorandum Circular No. 20-04: Prescribing the Implemention Guidelines for IATF Resolution No. 12 Issued by the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on Social Distancing and Business OperationWaive rental and other fees for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises: Mall operators and commercial landlords were ordered to waive rents and other fees for stores that are forced to shut down during the 30-day community quarantine in Metro Manila. It is stated under the memorandum released on 15 March 2020 that “lessors and owners of business spaces shall share the responsibility by waiving the corresponding rental fees and charges of stores that were closed during the one-month period of General Community Quarantine.”Check this link
Department of Trade and IndustryMemorandum Circular No. 20-06: Ensuring Unhampered Movement of Cargo and Transit of Personnel of Business Establishments Allowed to Operate During the Enhanced Community Quarantine of LuzonThe movement of the cargoes of the following enterprises within, to and from entire Luzon shall be unhampered, or not be delayed upon presentation of the cargo manifest or delivery receipt indicating the destination, nature and quantity of the loaded goods to assigned inspectors:
(1) Manufacturing of Food and Essential Products
(2) Medicine and Medical Supplies
(3) Retail Establishments (Groceries, Supermarkets, Hypermarkets, Convenience Stores, Pharmacies And Drug Stores)
(4) Export And Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Companies

Movement of personnel needed to operate the covered enterprises:
Employee working in the above enterprises and establishments shall be allowed to enter and exit control points upon presentation of any of the following:
(1) Valid Company Identification Card
(2) Proof Of Residence
(3) Certification Of Employment
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Department of Trade and IndustryEnterprise Rehabilitation Financing Facility under the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (COVID19 P3-ERF)The DTI allotted PhP 1 billion for the P3 program to assist affected micro entrepreneurs/ micro, small and medium enterprises.

The microfinancing program offers loans ranging from P5,000 – P200,000 with a minimal interest rate of not more than 2.5% per month with no collateral requirement.

Also included in the allotment is the DTI’s ongoing assistance in finding new supply sources and non-traditional markets for industries affected by supply chain disruptions and the conduct of trade and investment missions to support the continued operation of industry.
SB Corp. will be releasing the requirements and guidelines soon. Applications will be accepted after the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) is lifted. For more information, you may reach P3 through hotline 8651-3333, their official Facebook page, or their email p3@sbgfc.org.ph.

Eligible for micro and small enterprises with at least one year continuous operation prior to March 2020 and whose businesses suffered drastic reduction in sales during the epedemic.

Loan conditions:
(1) Updating of loan amortizations for vehicle loans or other fixed asset loans of affected business
(2) Inventory replacement for damaged perishable stock
(3) Working capital replacement to restart the business.
Documentary requirements – a. Brgy. Clearance, b. LGU cerification of business establsihment for at least one year

Loan amount of Php 10,000.00 up to Php 500,000.00 for small enterprises (Asset size not more 10M); and loan amount of Php 10K up to 200k for micro-enterprises.
Discounted 0.5% monthly interest rate and prolonged grace period until such time that current crisis is abated.
Department of Trade and IndustrySmall Business (SB) Corporation Moratorium on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) LoansThe SBCorporation is offering a one month moratorium on loan payments covering the period of March 16 to April 14, 2020 to its MSME borrowers and partner financial institutions (PFIs).

Borrowers may also request to pay only the interest portion of their monthly payments for the succeeding six months, and to resume their regular monthly payments thereafter. Loan terms may also be extended depending on how the current situation develops.
Eligible to apply for the moratorium are SB Corporation MSME borrowers and PFIs situated within the areas declared under community quarantine due to the Covid-19 virus lockdown. Eligible borrowers who wish to avail of the moratorium may email or text their respective SB Corporation loan officers and/or field staff or email sbcorporation@sbgfc.org.ph.

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