City to increase health budget

THE City Government of Davao is planning to increase its budget allocation for health from 8.3 percent of the annual budget in 2010 to 18 percent by 2016 to address "gaps and deficiencies" outlined in its five-year plan.

This was revealed in the City-wide Investment Plan for Health (CIPH) 2012-2016, which recognizes the "gaps and deficiencies important to identify cost-effective interventions and programs to answer the health needs of every sector in the society."

"In 2010, the city's total budget for health amounted to P361,748,205.65. This was only 8.38 percent of the total annual budget, which amounted to P4,314,401,385.54. An increase of 1.68 percent (as compared to 2009)," the report read.

The gaps and deficiencies identified with the allocation of budget for health are "low LGU budget allocated for health, low health budget allocated for maintenance and other operating expenses (Mooe), inadequate budgetary support for structural and equipment needs of health facilities, Rural Health Units/health facilities not yet accredited with Philippine Health Insurance Company (Phic), absence of policy/guidelines for income retention, and local health accounts not yet institutionalized."

The five-year plan, according to the CIPH report, provides a total investment of P1,800,278,475 for the health sector.

It said: "Among the strategic thrusts and instruments, the bulk of investment goes to the attainment of MDG goals which amounted to P966,357,768.00 or 53.7 percent of the total cost of investment, followed by investments for Access to Quality Health Facilities with a total investment of P479,572,456 or 26.6 percent, and followed by investment on Elimination of Control Of Infectious Diseases and Financial Risk Protection with an investment of 149,239,953 or 8.3 percent and P102,587,497 or 5.7 percent, respectively."

Human resources for health get the least with an investment of P258,869 or .01 percent of the total cost of investments, the CIPH read.

The financing of investments and sources of financing of the city are the local government unit (LGU), the Department of Health (DOH), and others (development partners, private sectors, etc.) as outlined in the CIPH, in which the LGU has the biggest source of investment amounting to P777,187,102 or 43.2 percent, followed by DOH with P657,147,953 or 36.5 percent.

"In terms of expenditures, Mooe has the biggest share of investments with a total amount of P1,300,128,840 or 72.2 percent, followed by Capital Outlay with P398,681,962 or 22.1 percent and Phic premiums with P101,467,673 or 5.6 percent of the total cost of investments," the CIPH said.

Further, the city also aims to draft legislation of health-related laws to ensure quality, accessibility and safety of health products, facilities, and services.

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