DBM allocates P23 billion to improve health facilities all over the country

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has allocated over P23 billion to upgrade health care facilities and services nationwide. Photo: DBM

Under the proposed 2023 national budget, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has allocated over P23 billion to upgrade various health care facilities and services across the country.

The large budget allocated to the Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) reflects the Marcos administration's commitment to providing quality and affordable health care to all Filipinos. The program aims to provide adequate health care in the regions and rural areas.

The P23 billion fund will be used to buy medical equipment and build, repair, and improve health facilities across the country, such as barangay health stations (P2 billion), polyclinics (P80 million), rural health units (P5.6 billion), DOH hospitals (11.2 billion), LGU hospitals (P2.7 billion), and other health facilities (P1.3 billion).

"The funds for the 2023 HFEP are focused on the gaps identified in the updated Philippine Health Facility Development Plan for 2022 to 2040, which supports the implementation of the Universal Health Care Act," Budget Secretary Amenah F. Pangandaman explained.

"We must be prepared for any unanticipated situation and health emergencies. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of a strong healthcare system, which is why health care will remain a budget priority," Secretary Pangandaman added.

Under the 2023 National Expenditure Program, the health sector will receive a sizable budget allocation of P296 billion (NEP).

In addition to improving health facilities and services, the Marcos administration will allocate funds to strengthen the country's health care system by supporting the healthcare workforce, research and development, and ensuring affordable and inclusive healthcare.

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