SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
02 September 2021 07:35:51 PM
The House Committee on Appropriations on Thursday scrutinized the proposed budget of the Department of Health (DOH) and its attached agencies for fiscal year 2022, amounting to P242.22 billion. As the nation continues to struggle amid the pandemic, Vice Chairperson Rep. Vincent Franco Frasco (5th District, Cebu), who presided over the hybrid meeting, stated that Congress seeks to approve the most responsive and comprehensive health budget that would allow the Filipinos to enjoy their right to life and right to good health. “By placing the people’s needs and wellbeing front and center of the government’s health expenditure, we also afford them the best chances to recover from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added. Meanwhile, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III noted that Universal Health Care Act-related program action plans, as well as COVID-19 initiatives are at the top priority of the agency’s major thrusts in 2022. These would include the deployment of medical personnel and funding of the Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP), among others. With the pandemic severely hitting the country’s public health system, Duque presented the DOH’s ways forward, which aim to: 1) strengthen LGU capacity to deliver health services; 2) reinforce minimum public health standards; 3) enhance the country’s health system capacity to respond and recover from health emergencies; 4) promote multi-sectoral and local engagements; and 5) mobilize communities and individuals to promote health. The deliberations on the DOH’s proposed allocation have been terminated.