P15-M pork barrel goes to CLMMRH-A A +A
Thursday, September 26, 2013
CORAZON Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) chief Dr. Julius Drilon said that about P15 million pork barrel from senators and congressmen are coursed through the regional hospital to help subsidize the medical needs of poor and indigent patients and also the operating expenditures of the hospital.
The pork barrel released in the 14th Congress are still being utilized. The Supreme Court (SC) only subjected the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) for the 15th Congress.
However, if the PDAF is stopped, it is the hospital which will shoulder it. "We cannot deny the patients whether there is PDAF or not," he said.
But if there is PDAF, the budget can still be used to purchase medical equipment, medicines, among others, he added.
He said that reforms that he instituted are gaining ground which is aimed to elevate the image of public hospital as truly a people's hospital and also the medical standards and services for the poor and middle class.
CLMMRH caters to around 600 to 650 patients a day or 5,000 in-patients and 5,000 out-patients a month. In-patients are 37,000 to 38,000 a year.
Drilon said that they still lack doctors as they have 150 of them, 510 nurses, 1,492 support staff, administrative staff, and janitors.
They have job order employees renewable every six months. He received an information that the PDAF will be divided into four parts -- 25 percent will go to the Department of Health, 25 percent to Department of Public Works and Highways, 25 percent to education, and 25 percent to social services and will not be channeled to congressmen and senators.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 26, 2013.