Botika ng Barangay still a priority - PGMA
by T. Villavert
Iloilo City (18 September) -- About 4,000 more Botika ng Barangay and Botika ng Bayan would be established this year throughout the country, said President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as she stressed that she will push through with the half-priced medicine on her state visit to India on October 4-5, 2007.
The Malacanang press report disclosed that for 2008, the national government is allotting about P370 million to the Department of Health for the purchase of half-priced medicines for distribution to local government units and government hospitals nationwide.
The President said that by next year, a total of 15,000 Botikas would be available nationwide.
She stressed that her top agenda is to spread the availability of half-priced medicines so that it would reach more Filipinos, particularly the less privileged ones.
Meanwhile, it will be recalled that during the recent State of Nation Address of President Arroyo, she appealed to the Congress to pass the Cheaper Medicines Bill.
Congressman Ferge Biron of the Fourth District of the province of Iloilo in his reaction to the President's SONA on Cheaper Medicines, expressed confidence that once the said Bill is passed into law, it will be of great help to improve the health care services in the country. (PIA) [top]