STATEMENT ON THE OMBUDSMAN INVESTIGATION
17 JUNE 2020 
 
 
The Department of Health welcomes the investigation and will comply with all directives from the Office of Ombudsman. The DOH has been transparent in the COVID-19response, including procurement transactions and the provision of benefits to healthcare workers.  
 
The Department has issued all checks to the kins of 32 fallen healthcare workers and 19 severe COVID19 patients who recovered, last June 9. New claims to said benefits are being processed to this day.  
 
The President has also ordered the National Bureau of Investigation last May 26 to investigate the issues raised on the procurement of PPEs, machines, and testing kits by the Procurement Service- Department of Budget and Management. 
 
The DOH has likewise maintained a regular reporting of cases and deaths through its pressers, situation reports, and in its tracker, publicly available in the official channels. As firm believers of transparency, the Department has likewise religiously informed the public for corrections and clarifications raised by all sectors as it continues to validate all submitted data.  
 
DOH officials will willingly cooperate with the authorities to ensure utmost transparency throughout the duration of the investigation and beyond.