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P4.2-B funds of DOH may be realigned to purchase extra COVID-19 booster photographs

Facade of the DOH predominant workplace in Manila. INQUIRER.web file picture

MANILA, Philippines — The Division of Well being has some P4.2 billion price of programmed funds that may be realigned to offer a further price range for the procurement of extra COVID-19 booster photographs, Cebu fifth District Rep. Vincent Franco Frasco, who was sponsoring the DOH price range, mentioned on Tuesday.

Presently, underneath the proposed 2022 nationwide price range, P45 billion is allotted for COVID-19 booster photographs, which can be administered to those that have already accomplished their common COVID-19 photographs.

The P45 billion allotment, nevertheless, is positioned underneath unprogrammed appropriations. If a price range allocation is positioned underneath unprogrammed appropriations, it means they may solely be funded if the federal government will be capable of elevate sufficient cash for them.

For Marikina Metropolis Rep. Stella Luz Quimbo, the DOH must also take a look at applications with traditionally very low utilization charges.

Quimbo proposed that DOH might take 90 p.c of the proposed funding for initiatives with utilization charges of fifty to 70 p.c. If this can be adopted, the company can generate round P21 billion.

“So, in different phrases, why ought to we insist on including to the price range of applications that traditionally don’t expend their funds?” Quimbo mentioned in Filipino.

Frasco defined that some initiatives had low utilization charges in 2020 on account of restrictions introduced by the pandemic.

“So, the rationale why they’re nonetheless allotted is identical quantity for subsequent yr is within the hope that there can be [fewer] restrictions with respect to COVID,” Frasco mentioned.


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