THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released the guidelines for the release and utilization of the P1.5-billion Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) under the Bayanihan to Recover As One Act or Bayanihan 2.

In a circular issued on Friday, Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado said the support fund aims to provide financial assistance to local government units in their anti-pandemic efforts.

He added that the LGSF shall be exclusively used for programs, projects, and activities and expenses (PPAs) related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

These include the procurement of personal protective equipment, reagents and kits for Covid-19 testing; medicines and vitamins; hospital equipment and supplies; and disinfectants, sprayers, disinfection tents, and other disinfecting supplies and misting equipment.

Also covered are expenses for food, transportation (including fuel) and accommodation of medical personnel and other local government personnel directly involved in the implementation of Covid-19-related PPAs, as well as the procurement, maintenance, repair of ambulance, medical transport vehicle, and emergency response vehicle. Food assistance and other relief goods for affected households are also allowed.

The fund can also be used for construction, repair, lease, or rental of additional space or building to accommodate Covid-19 patients and persons under monitoring/investigation; oper ation of standalone/mobile testing laboratory; rental of tents or spaces for temporary shelters of the homeless; training of personnel in the conduct of Covid-19 testing and other related training; and other necessary Covid-19-related PPAs and expenses.

Avisado said the fund shall not be used as financial/cash assistance; for the payment of salaries, wages, overtime pay, and other personnel benefits; administrative expenses, such as supplies, meetings, communication, water, electricity, petroleum products, other general services, and the like; travel expenses, purchase of office furniture, fixtures, equipment, or appliances; purchase, maintenance, or repair of motor vehicles; and other expenses not related to Covid-19.