Rico Pushes Botika ng Barangay with DOH counterpart
Rep. Erico B. Aumentado’s vision of establishing the Botika ng Barangay program in all the 346 barangays in the 2nd district of Bohol received a much needed boost when funds amounting to P1.7 million were released by Department of Budget and Management for 75 far flung barangays piloted in the said district.
Each barangay will be given P25,000 as funds for the pilot Botika ng Barangay project.
A total of P8,650,000 is needed to complete the project, with the release of the said amount the project is off to a fresh start. Aumentado reiterated that the remaining needed fund necessary to complete the project amounting to P6,775,000 will be included for release under his 2012 Priority Development Assistance Fund – 2nd Tranche.
As this developed, the solon is working hand in hand with the Department of Health Region 7 under the leadership of it’s director Susana Madarieta to restore or resume the said project. Aumentado is seeking the help of none other than the Department of Health secretary Enrique Ona for additional funding, stressing the importance of providing affordable, genuine and readily available medicine supplies to constituents in remote areas of the district. Aumentado is pressing for the DOH to also allocate P25,000 for each barangay, matching the lawmaker’s outlay.
He was pleased to inform the director that the chiefs of Hospital of Don Emilio Del Valle Memorial Hospital in Ubay, Garcial Provincial Hospital in Talibon, Francisco Dagohoy Municipal Hospital in Inabanga and the San Miguel Municipal Hospital in San Miguel, have instructed their respective pharmacists to conduct outreach services to the barangays within their respective areas for purposes of the Botika ng Barangay.
Pushing for the revitalization of the project in order to provide quality medicine to remote areas of the district, the solon is requesting for vital technical assistance from DOH Region 7 for the training of the barangay captains, barangay treasurers, and their botika in charge. He noted that the barangay captains and treasurers are the only bonded officials who should handle the fundings of the botika. He also asked the department to issue the necessary guideline on how to procure the medicines listed in the Department of Health Botika.
The solon is favoring a proposal by Director Madarieta that DOH Region 7 shall procure the needed medicine supplies for each botika concerned, thus ensuring the medicines will be affordable and genuine. Aumentado is urging the director to act with dispatch regarding his requests adding that the funds are now released to the beneficiaries concerned.
Aumentado strongly believes that a project like the Botika ng Barangay is very important for the general well being in terms of healthcare of his constituents specially in far and remote areas of the district. This positive development and cooperation with the DOH is a step closer to realizing his dream of having a well stocked botika providing readily available, affordable and safe medicine to all the barangays and it’s residents.