Guv: ‘Abolition of PDAF would affect NOCHP’-A A +A
Friday, September 20, 2013
GOVERNOR Alfredo Marañon, Jr. said Thursday that the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) next year would affect the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program (NOCHP).
Each congressman allocates P10 million for NOCHP for their respective district, or a total of P60 million for the whole six districts in the province.
At present, about 115,000 families or 600,000 individuals are registered with NOCHP and 45,000 have availed of benefits of free hospitalization and medicines covered by NOCHP.
"We'll see what will happen next year," the governor said.
Marañon said NOCHP would not be affected that much if the National Government would pay for the PhilHealth of the entire country.
There is a plan that the PhilHealth coverage of the indigents for the whole country would be taken from the so-called sin taxes.
Lawmakers on Wednesday agreed to divide the P25.4 billion PDAF to various government agencies, with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) getting the biggest share.
Of the entire amount, DPWH will get P8.8 billion (35 percent); Department of Social Welfare and Development -- P5.1 billion (20 percent); and Department of Health, Department of Labor and Employment, and Department of Education/Commission on Higher Education -- P3.8 billion each (15 percent).
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 20, 2013.