DOH admits getting P3.4B DAP funds

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014


A TOTAL of P3.392 billion in funds was received by the Department of Health (DOH) sourced from the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) from the period of 2011 to 2012.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona said the agency had received the said amount and it has been vital in the implementation of their numerous programs.

"Kalusugan Pangkalahatan, or Universal Health Care, is not a simple and fast program to implement, but with the expansion in fiscal space provided by the DAP, the DOH was able to move at a faster pace than expected," said Ona in a press conference in Manila.

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Majority of the funds, Ona said, was allocated for the PhilHealth enrollment and coverage of 2,992,080 indigent families totaling to about P1.496 billion.

A total of P770 million were also given as financial assistance to several DOH-run hospitals, particularly for the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) and Capital Outlay requirements of the Lung Center of the Philippines (P105 million); Philippine Children’s Medical Center (P280 million); Philippine Heart Center (P357 million); Women’s and Children’s Protection Unit of 16 DOH hospitals (P17 million); and 12 other DOH hospitals (P10.7 million).

Some P756 million was also given for the seven provinces of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) to prioritize health infrastructure development, construction, repair and/or renovation of 194 health facilities; procurement of life-saving medical equipment and diagnostic tools in 231 health facilities, including land (for 21 health facilities) and sea ambulances (for 10 health facilities).

Ona said P294 million was used to deploy 11,500 nurses as part of the Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Service (RN HEALS) program, which aims to address the problem of accessibility to quality health care services in 1,529 municipalities.

The health chief also said financial assistance to indigent patients in various hospitals covered medical expenses such as medicines, medical and surgical supplies, laboratory and diagnostic imaging procedures was given a budget amounting to P76 million in 2011 and 2012.

"With help from the DAP, various DOH programs and projects were focused on activities that fortify the quality of life of Filipinos," said Ona. (Sunnex)

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