The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is preparing to increase the budget for the installation of the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (nCoV) and assistance for the Taal Volcano eruption victims, Speaker Alan Cayetano said Friday.
Cayetano, in a statement, said he had obtained such assurance from DBM Chief Wendel Avisado at their meeting.
Quezon Representatives Angelina Tan and Albay Rep. Joey Salceda are seeking an additional P2-billion budget for nCoV-related activities.
House members representing Batangas congressional districts also submitted a P30 billion supplemental fund for communities affected by the Taal volcano eruption.
The Philippines has registered three confirmed nCoV cases. All of them are Chinese from Wuhan – the center of nCoV.