2014 National Budget, pasado na sa bicam

admin   •   December 10, 2013   •   2156

Ang Bicameral Conference Committee sa pagpasa sa 2014 National Budget (UNTV News)

Ang Bicameral Conference Committee sa pagpasa sa 2014 National Budget (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Inaprubahan na ngayong Martes ng Bicameral Conference Committee ang P2.264 trillion 2014 National Budget.

Ayon kay Senador Francis Escudero , chairman ng Senate panel at Committee on Finance, mula sa P2.268 trillion ay  bumaba sa P2.264 trillion ang inaprubahang budget  dahil  hindi na kasama dito  ang pork barrel ng mga mambabatas at Office of the Vice President.

“Wala nang partisipasyon ang mga mambabatas sa budget. ‘Yung CSOs, inistriktuhan namin ‘yung rule. Kapagka magbibigay ng pondo sa NGOs, savings, realignments at lump-sums, naglagay kami ng mas klarong probisyon on reportorial and utilization,” pahayag ni Escudero.

Nasa P13 billion ang NDRRM fund para sa aid, relief at rehabilitation services sa mga lugar na apektado ng nakalipas na mga kalamidad.

P500 million naman ang pondo para sa quick reaction funds para sa Department of Health (DOH), habang P1 billion naman sa DOTC para sa rehabilitasyon ng mga crucial transportation facilities.

Sa bagong special purpose fund ay may P20 billion para sa rehabilitation and reconstruction fund para sa mga lugar na napinsala ng Bagyong Yolanda, Santi, Labuyo, Vinta, Odette, Pablo, Sendong, malakas na lindol sa Visayas at Zamboanga siege.

May dagdag rin na P3 billion budget sa disaster and mitigation fund, at P80 billion sa reconstruction and rehabilitation program sa ilalim ng “unprogrammed fund”.

Mahigit P200 million din ang dagdag sa budget ng MMDA para sa disaster risk reduction, capacity building at realignment sa budget nito.

Matapos ratipikahan ng senado at kamara de representates ay isusumite na ito sa Malakanyang upang  lagdaan ng Pangulong Benigno Aquino III.

Sinabi ni Senador Escudero na ang 2014 budget ay graft-resistant, at naglalaman ng penal provisions laban sa pang-aabuso.

Aniya, naging mabilis ang bicam dahil sa isinagawang konsultasyon ng mga technical staff ng kongreso ukol sa 2014 budget.

“Yung konsultasyon nagbunga para mas mabilis mapasa yung budget sa bicameral conference commit,”

Dagdag pa ni Escudero, “mabilis in the sense na, ‘yung pormal na pagdinig oo, pero ‘yung entire budget process, napakahaba. Nagsimula noong agosto at natapos lamang ngayon. (Bryan De Paz / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Deployment of Barrio Doctors to Cebu City now voluntary – DOH

Marje Pelayo   •   June 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) has changed its decision of mandatory deployment of barrio doctors to Cebu City, the new epicenter of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), following opposition to its planned augmentation of healthcare workers to the city.

On Monday (June 30), the DOH Region 6 in Western Visayas issued an order temporarily suspending the deployment of 40 rural doctors to the virus-stricken city.

 The Regional Office maintained it will not lift the suspension unless concerns and issues raised by the healthcare workers and stakeholders are settled.

The DOH confirmed the action of its Regional Office in Western Visayas thus it decided to commission barrio doctors who will be sent to private hospitals in Cebu City on a voluntary basis after discussions with other DOH Regional Offices and hospital management in Western and Central Visayas. 

“Meron naman tayong ipapadala kaya lang hindi na iyong nailista namin na pangalan. Voluntary na iyong magiging proseso [We will be deploying a team but not those who we previously listed. The process will now be voluntary],” confirmed DOH Undersecretary and Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire.

“So among all of these DTTBs (Doctors to the Barrios) who are willing and amenable to these types of arrangements they are the ones who are going to be deployed to Region 7,” she added.

The DOH clarified that the main tasks of the augmentation force do not include surgery and other critical care functions that are assigned to resident doctors in Cebu.

Hindi sila ilalagay sa mga areas na like operating rooms. Iyong mga may specialization na kailangan [They will not be assigned in areas like operating rooms but only those who have the needed specialization],” Vergeire explained.

“They would be supplemental to the Triage area. Sa mga outpatient units doon sila ilalagay [They will be assigned in the outpatient units],” she added.

Deployment of rural doctors or those under the ‘Doctor of the Barrios’ will be every two weeks.

They will be given two week rest every time they return to their localities to complete the required quarantine period. MNP (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

DOH deploys 15 doctors to Cebu City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 29, 2020

The Department of Health (DOH) deployed 15 doctors to Cebu City under their Doctors to the Barrio (DTTB) Program on Monday (June 29).

During an interview on ‘Get it Straight with Daniel Razon’, DOH Region 7 Spokesperson Dr. Jean Loreche assured that the doctors will receive proper training and compensation.

“Right now we have in our list six doctors to the barrios, dalawa ang deputized physicians natin. Mayroon po tayong from the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] na seven po na ipapadala po nila from Luzon to be able to augment manpower here in Cebu City, she said.

The DTTB earlier slammed the DOH for its “abrupt exploitative order” in deploying doctors to Cebu City, saying the doctors were not properly informed about the situation.

“The DTTBs and the local chief executives should have been represented in decision-making involving this temporary reassignment. Failing to do so makes such directives exploitative for doctors and inconsiderate for the communities that they serve. There is complete disregard to the concerns of the doctors and the local chief executives,” the DTTB said in a statement on Sunday (June 28).

The DOH, meanwhile, defended that the the temporary deployment of doctors will help address the overwhelmed capacity of private hospitals in Cebu City.

“Cebu City’s health care system is overwhelmed with patient load at the moment,” according to the DOH statement on Monday.

Loreche, however, reported that the region’s health care system can still manage the surge of cases in Cebu City, contrary to the report of the DOH Central Office.

The DOH Region 7 official also reiterated that the surge of cases is due to the categorized testing they conducted last May where 45,000 residents underwent COVID-19 testing.

“So ito pong mga numero na nakikita natin ngayon dito sa Cebu City, ito lang po ay a reflection of the zero prevalence data na ginawa namin,” Loreche said.

The DOH Central earlier reported that the critical care utilization in Cebu City has already reached critical level which prompted the deployment of rural doctors to the area.

There are currently over 5,700 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Cebu City. AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

DOH targets to reach 1 million COVID-19 tests until end of July

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 29, 2020

The Department of Health (DOH) is targeting to reach one million coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tests by the end of July, amid the surge of confirmed cases in the country.

The Health Department has already conducted over 675,485 COVID-19 tests since the outbreak. The department also reported 69 licensed testing laboratories in the country.

DOH Spokesperson Usec. Rosario Vergeire said they are confident of reaching the one million target.

“We are seeing na ma-attain natin itong one million na ito pagdating ng end of July (We are seeing that we can attain one million by the end of July) because as of now, we already have about 600,000 plus na nate-test na po sa buong Pilipinas mula nung nag umpisa tayo mag-test, (600,000 plus people have already been tested in the Philippines since we began conducting COVID-19 testing),” she said.

The national government previously said it is targeting to test around two percent or almost two million of the total population.

Meanwhile, the DOH has already announced that they will expand the COVID-19 testing in the country. This will include other subgroups such as medical frontliners, barangay health workers, personnel at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), persons deprived of liberty (PDL), and sick patients.

As of Sunday (June 29), the DOH reported 35,455 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country with 9,686 recoveries. Death toll, meanwhile, is at 1,244. AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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