On March 9, 2020, a state of public health emergency in the Philippines was declared and subsequently, last March 16, 2020 Luzon was placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to quell the rising Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country.
With this declaration, all government agencies and LGUs are enjoined to render full assistance and cooperation and mobilize the necessary resources to undertake critical, urgent, and appropriate response and measures in timely manner to curtail and eliminate the COVID-19 threat.
At the outbreak of COVID-19, the LLDA immediately did its part by ordering the temporary suspension of LLDA-led training programs and seminars, suspension of fines and penalties due to non-renewal of permits and deferment of payment of regulatory fees during the period of ECQ.
LLDA General Manager Jaime C. Medina said that even if these may adversely affect the authority’s revenues due to these measures, the people’s safety is of paramount importance to the LLDA – its employees, the clienteles and the general public.
Also, the newly enacted RA 11469, or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act,” has given the President special powers to allocate cash, funds, investments, including unutilized or unreleased subsidies and transfers, held by any GOCC for programs to address the COVID-19 emergency.
In compliance with these directives and issuances, the LLDA decided to immediately remit to the national treasury the LLDA’s cash dividends totaling about PHP 43.50 million, “as part of LLDA’s collective contributions to help fund government-led efforts in defeating COVID-19 pandemic”, Medina added.
“Although the amount is not significant as compared to other GOCCs, we understand that the government now needs to muster every financial support it can get to contain and eliminate this deadly disease. We, at LLDA, are therefore throwing our full support to this effort by immediately remitting our dividends to Bureau of treasury ahead of time”, he further stated.
Finally, GM Medina assured the public that the LLDA will continue to render its full support and cooperation to respond to the needs of our most vulnerable communities and stakeholders within our areas of jurisdiction.