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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Polangui local official vows to increase health budget

POLANGUI, Albay, Jul 26 (PIA) – Vice mayor Herbert Borja of this town vowed to increase the budget for health to fully fulfill the implementation of all programs and services.

During the multi sector forum organized by the Philippine NGO council and Welfare, here, Monday, Borja told participants that the current budget for health is only P11.1 million and the P7.6 million is devoted to personnel services.

He said that only P1.9 million is the budget for all health programs.

According to him the budget is too small and the recommendation of the department of health to the local government is that the budget for health should be 15% of the total LGU total budget per year.

“We need to prioritize health if we want to provide better health services to the people, at least to have a realistic budget to be able to serve the 89,001 people of Polangui.”

He pointed out that the multi sector forum being conducted by the PNGOC with support from the Gates Foundation is very timely because the Polangui Sangguiniang Bayan will be guided properly in the proper budgetary requirements for health services especially in the full implementation of the Reproductive Health Law.

“Even President Rodrigo Duterte in his first State of the Nation Address made mentioned the full implementation of the Responsible Parenthood otherwise known as the RPRH Law.”

In this case, he said the LGU must do something in order to provide the necessary services on health to properly serve the constituents especially those in the Geographically Isolated Demographically Areas.

Borja also said that the sangguniang bayan is working hand and hand with the local chief executive to find other means to source out fund.

He however said that local policies will be enacted the soonest possible time and this are the creation of the Polangui Reproductive Health Council, Local AIDS Council providing funds for the purpose.

The local official also hailed the consortium for implementing the Sustained National and Local advocacy for Reproductive Health project in the Philippines. (MAL/MDR-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3211469524062/polangui-local-official-vows-to-increase-health-budget#sthash.b4MfCkpv.dpuf

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