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Philippines: COVID-19 Emergency Response

Sovereign (Public) Project | 54133-001 Status: Active

The proposed activities - largely emergency medical supplies and other initial support required for dealing with the crisis - to be financed by the requested Asia Pacific Disaster

Response Fund (APDRF) align with WHO's Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-195 which the Philippine government has also adopted, and the Philippines' National

Contingency Plan for COVID-19 which the government is now finalizing. Specifically, one of the plan's response strategy emphasizes scaling up country readiness and response operations by strengthening national capacity for detection, equipping and training national rapid-response teams, infection prevention and control among health workers, and ensuring case management and continuity of essential health services, among others.

Project Details

Project Officer
Elfving, Rikard N. Southeast Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Philippines
Sector
  • Health
 
Project Name COVID-19 Emergency Response
Project Number 54133-001
Country Philippines
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0685-PHI: COVID-19 Emergency Response
Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund US$ 3.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Health / Disease control of communicable disease

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The proposed activities - largely emergency medical supplies and other initial support required for dealing with the crisis - to be financed by the requested Asia Pacific Disaster

Response Fund (APDRF) align with WHO's Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-195 which the Philippine government has also adopted, and the Philippines' National

Contingency Plan for COVID-19 which the government is now finalizing. Specifically, one of the plan's response strategy emphasizes scaling up country readiness and response operations by strengthening national capacity for detection, equipping and training national rapid-response teams, infection prevention and control among health workers, and ensuring case management and continuity of essential health services, among others.

Given the urgency of the required support and the government's constrained human resources, the Department of Finance has requested ADB to facilitate procurement of the required medical supplies and equipment. ADB will use the most flexible and expeditious procurement approaches, including those specified in the Implementation Guidelines for the Asia Pacific Disaster Response Facility and consistent with paras. 16-17 of Operations Manual Section D7/OP for disaster and emergency assistance. The grant agreement will reflect the specific arrangements.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The number of confirmed cases which accelerated over the past few weeks now reflects the extent of community transmission. Confirmed cases are expected to increase exponentially across the country in the coming days and weeks, and will put considerable stress on the health system, particularly hospitals in cities as well as provincial areas. The health workers, who are in close contact with the increasing number of patients seeking treatment, will be particularly at risk of contracting the disease. Resources should be focused on monitoring the spread and characteristics of the virus, identifying and managing severe cases, preventing onward transmission of the virus, alleviating strains on health-care services, communicating continuously with the public and all stakeholders, and reducing overall social and economic impact. The government needs support to augment its weak capacity and constrained financial and human resources to ensure effective and timely life-saving efforts.

DOH is leading the country's response efforts to the outbreak and is currently being supported by the military, humanitarian development partners, and community service

organizations. In its letter of 6 March 2020 to its international health partners, DOH reached out for support specifically to complement its limited supply of probe sets and testing kits, primers, and personal protective equipment.

ADB's support will help alleviate the government's immediate financial, logistic, and other constraints to meet these immediate needs and deliver appropriate medical services where

required. Recognizing the unpredictable nature of the situation, flexibility is required in the design of any support along with close coordination with various sources and partners providing support. Based on ADB's assessment and DOH's prioritization, urgent support will be required for procuring diagnostic reagents and equipment, materials for makeshift hospitals, and personal protection and key medical equipment. Other needs may be identified as the situation evolves in the next few weeks.

Impact To alleviate the government's immediate financial, logistic, and other constraints to meet these immediate needs and deliver appropriate medical services where required
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome To alleviate the government's immediate financial, logistic, and other constraints to meet these immediate needs and deliver appropriate medical services where required
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs To alleviate the government's immediate financial, logistic, and other constraints to meet these immediate needs and deliver appropriate medical services where required
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment FI
Involuntary Resettlement FI
Indigenous Peoples FI
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Elfving, Rikard N.
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Department of Health
Tayuman Street
Sta. Cruz, Manila
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 13 Mar 2020 to 13 Mar 2020
MRM 25 Apr 2020
Approval 13 Mar 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 16 Mar 2020

Grant 0685-PHI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Mar 2020 16 Mar 2020 16 Mar 2020 16 Sep 2020 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 3.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 3.00 13 Mar 2020 2.47 0.00 82%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 13 Mar 2020 2.45 0.00 82%

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