THE 18th Davao City Council approved Thursday the memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the City Government to provide P10,000 monthly incentives for doctors assigned to barrios in far-flung areas of the city.
The ordinance, approving the signing of MOA be entered into by and among the Department of Health, the City Government of Davao and the barrio doctors relative with their deployment to the Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs) health facilities in the city as part of the DOH-Doctors to the Barrio (DTTB) Program, was passed through its proponent Davao City Councilor Mary Joselle Villafuerte.
Through the ordinance, doctors Myles Clement Ababon and Kristian Jun Lompot will be granted cash worth P10,000 monthly counterpart from the city which is an amount not given to them since they've been designated as doctors to the barrios in 2015.
The City Council, after deliberation Thursday, agreed to pass the ordinance after it was assured that Davao City Mayor Sara "Inday" Duterte-Carpio committed to the availability of funds for the said deal.
Villafuerte, Committee on Health chair, assured that they will work closely with the committee of finance for the allocation of the budget for the incentives of doctors.
In the session last week, the availability of funds for the agreement was questioned because the council seeks for the certification of the availability of funds which the City Budget Officer cannot produce yet because funding for the proposal will be sourced from Supplemental Budget 2 (SB2) that is yet to be approved.
Villafuerte said the provision including the SB2 was removed but it was stated that the City Mayor's Office will provide for the funds.
Doctors Ababon and Lompot are already rendering their services in far-flung areas in the city such as Paquibato and Marilog districts. (KVC)
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on April 21, 2017.
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