PDAF suspension affects medical services at SPMC-A A +A
Friday, October 4, 2013
SUSPENSION on the issuance of the remaining Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) for 2013 is affecting health care services to patients at Southern Philippine Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City.
"Because some of the patients don't have PhilHealth membership, they are very much dependent on the PDAF, especially patients who are undergoing dialysis or those who need to be admitted," said SPMC chief of hospital Dr. Leopoldo J. Vega, who was a guest in Friday’s edition of Kapehan sa PIA.
Vega said one of the initial steps they are taking is to identify the PDAF dependent patients who are not PhilHealth members. Once identified, they will be providing enough subsidy and necessary discounts for the needed treatment of these patients.
Last year, SPMC allotted a budget of P250 million intended for subsidies and discounts.
But Vega said this will be temporary until the reformation of the general appropriations act, particularly on the allocation for PDAF.
Last year, SPMC received a PDAF allocation of some P15 million to P18 million from senators and congressmen from Southern Mindanao.
But Vega clarified that these funds went to soft projects, such as medical services. He said they did not receive any funds for hard projects.
He said they received allocations from the Department of Budget and Management ranging from P100,000 to P1.5 million. The allocation given to them will depend on the needs of the patients.
"It may be given to us at the beginning, middle, or near the end of the year. It really depends on the needs of their constituents," said Vega.
The Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining issue on the remaining 2013 PDAF and Malampaya funds last September 10.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 05, 2013.