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Duterte allots P2B to DOH for free medicines

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By MB Online

Half of the P5 billion-check that President Duterte received from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) will be allocated to the Department of Health (DOH) to provide free medicines for the poor.

President Duterte leads the traditional lighting of the Malacañang Christmas Tree held at the Malacañan Palace grounds (RTVM / MANILA BULLETIN)

President Duterte leads the traditional lighting of the Malacañang Christmas Tree held at the Malacañan Palace grounds
(RTVM / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Chief Executive revealed this as he led the traditional lighting of the Malacañang Christmas Tree held at the Malacañan Palace grounds, Monday evening.

Duterte added that the money, originally allotted for his socio-civic projects fund, will also be apportioned to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“I want every Filipino holding a reseta of a doctor that could not find the money to buy the medicines, sabi ko ibigay niyo yang P2 billion na yan this Christmas,” the President disclosed.

“I got the check four days ago and by this time it should be ready for assistance,” he added.

During his keynote speech, the chief executive also highlighted the ongoing peace negotiations between the communists groups and the government, disclosing that the team of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III is set to fly back to Oslo, Norway.

He then clarified that he will only release political prisoners who are elderly and suffering from incurable diseases.

“If they are ready to be released and will be accepted by the families, I will release them before Christmas time. There’s really no point in detaining persons na matanda na tapos may sakit…It’s a very awkward feeling,” he said.

READ MORE: Duterte: Release of political prisoners subject to govt agreement with NDF

The Malacañang Christmas Tree lighting was graced by around 1,500 guests composed of Malacañang officials, employees and other invitees, and Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa, RTVM reported.

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  • magdiwang

    Sana nga mapakinabangan ng mga mahihirap nating maysakit ang 2 billion pesos na ibinigay ni Presidente Duterte sa D.O.H. at hindi pag-intersan ng mga buwaya sa ating gobyerno.

  • Sophie White

    Great decision by President Duterte to give extra funding to the Hospitals but sadly I do not believe the poor will receive this help. It will go to family and friends of Hospital Staff who always get priority treatment. In my experience over the past 10 years of giving support to many poor families I have come to the conclusion hospital care is totally inefficient and or corrupt to the core. Poor people can queue up before dawn and wait all day while family and friends of hospital staff are taken care of by the doctors and nurses. Some after waiting all day are told to come back tomorrow!

    • Mario Lajarca Jr

      Thanks for highlighting this Sophie. We’ve received feedback from Social Workers themselves saying the help that are supposed to be received either from NGO’s or donations, mostly don’t reach them. They have to be more transparent and they need to overhaul the system. Far too many old/senior officers who does nothing are simply there for their monthly salaries, bonuses (if any), and provisions that are meant for the poor communities. The “Padrino” system “MUST STOP!” Corruption from within the hospitals and within the DSWD offices must be purged out. I hope the Du30 administration are looking into this.

      • Sophie White

        Thank you

  • Eat Bacon

    Madali lang naman sabihin na ipamigay yan. Paano namin malalaman na sa totoong mahihirap mapupunta ang budget na yan? Paano ang process ng pagpili ng bibigyan? Baka puro ghost ang makakatanggap nyang budget na yan, parang Davao city hall lang noon, 11,000 ang ghost employees. Madali lang gumawa ng list ng nakatanggap kuno ng pera.