The Department of Health (DOH) has allocated the amount of P104,000,000.00 for the first district of Bohol under its Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) for fiscal year 2018.
Formerly called the Philippine Hospital Development Plan, the PHDP was envisioned, in 2000, to be a macroplan for the upgrading/development of government hospitals specifically those of the various local government units, DOH and other national agencies such as those under the Department of National Defense (DND, Philippine National Police (PNP), University of the Philippines (UP) System and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).
Now known as the HFEP since 2008, the then PHDP has expanded to cover other health facilities like health centers, rural health units, public health laboratories, blood facilities and the like.
Particulars of the said budget allocation for the first district of Bohol are the following: completion and equipping of barangay health stations (BHS) in the amount of P 33,200,000; construction of new barangay health stations (BHS) in the amount of Php 31,300,000; completion/relocation and equipping of rural health units (RHU), Urban Health Centers (UHC) and City Health Offices (CHO) in the amount of P 18,900,000; improvement of LGU hospitals in the amount of P 21,000,000.
“This is the product of the efforts of local government units in submitting project proposals and Congress to ensure that the projects are included in the final cut in the yearly General Appropriations Act (GAA)”, said Bohol first district representative, Rene L. Relampagos whose legislative agenda has always included health, access to health care and delivery of health services.
“These allocations will greatly help in ensuring access to health services in the far-flung areas. We hope to reach those who live in the farthest barangays. I am happy to say that step by step, we are seeing this commitment materialize”, he said.
Now, the DOH has started its budget call for project proposals for the 2019. In relation to the Department of Budget and Management National Budget Memo No. 127, series of 2016, focus will be on the poorest, lagging and most vulnerable areas. DOH identified the areas for the budget assistance proposals: purchase of medical and health service-related equipment; infrastructure for construction, renovation, repair, rehabilitation, expansion, transfer, relocation; lot acquisition; purchase of computers and networking hardware; and for special or contingent health facility projects.
“I am pleased with the active stance of the DOH in making an early budget call. This way, we are ensured of time to plan and comply with all the requirements. And as your representative, you can expect my 100 percent support in pushing that these projects, as approved by DOH, are included in the GAA for 2019,” Relampagos confidently ended.