Davao Norte's health program not affected by IRA cut-A A +A
Sunday, February 5, 2012
GOVERNOR Rodolfo del Rosario said Davao del Norte’s health program does not suffer from the chilling impact of the P36-million budget cut due to the 4.8 percent drop in the internal revenue allotment (IRA) this year.
He assured his constituents that optimum health, being an integral component of his human-centered P.E.O.P.L.E. agenda, shall continue to expand in meeting the essential health needs, particularly of the indigents in the barangays.
In a recent press briefing at the Capitol, the governor revealed the province is coping with the budget slash through fiscal discipline and funding opportunities from the National Government and various official development aids.
Del Rosario said Davao del Norte is now getting an abundance of national and foreign-funded projects since it aligned its programs with the thrusts of President Benigno Aquino III, particularly in providing better health, better education and more employment opportunities.
Among other grants, the province received some P78 million from the Department of Health (DOH) last year for the improvement of the three district hospitals of the province, particularly in the Island Garden City of Samal and in the municipalities of Carmen and Kapalong.
The DOH is set to release an additional P29 million this year for the completion of the projects.
The governor said the district hospitals have started to operate as an economic enterprise department to raise their own revenues, while the groundwork is being laid in pursuing public-private partnership in operating the hospitals.
To improve their hospital services, del Rosario has directed the department to increase patronage of patients under PhilHealth; improve hospital facilities by inviting private sector to operate ancillary services through consignment or profit-sharing; and make the provincial hospitals truly income-generating and financially autonomous from the regular budget, among others.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 06, 2012.