DOH eyeing aid for Neg Occ Comprehensive Health Program – solon

October 1, 2013 10:25 am 

BACOLOD CITY, Sept. 30 — The provincial government here is expected to avail assistance from the Department of Health for its Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program seen to lose financial support from congressman in the light of the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund from the 2014 budget.

Negros Occidental Third District Rep. Alfredo Benitez said Monday that Health Secretary Enrique Ona has asked for documents on the NOCHP.

For his part, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. had expressed concern that the abolition of the PDAF will affect the implementation of the NOCHP.

Each congressman from Negros Occidental allocates P10 million for the NOCHP for their respective districts, or a total of P60 million for all the six districts of the province.

About 115,000 families or 600,000 individuals are registered with the NOCHP and 45,000 have already availed of the benefits of free hospitalization and medicines.

The governor said the Capitol will look for other sources to fund the provincial government’s health program.

Benitez said the NOCHP has been a great help to many indigents in the province.

He noted that according to ONA, the passage of the sin tax law, where 25 percent of the taxes to be collected will go to the government's Universal Health Care Program, will free local governments from subsidizing their constituents’ enrollment with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation.

This will mean that the funds of the LGUs can now be allocated to augment the NOCHP, Benitez added.(PNA)

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