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Bacolod spends P10-M for medical assistance program

Bacolod City (1 February) -- As the national government reports for more than 1 million household beneficiaries for its 4Ps program as of December 2009, the local government of Bacolod revealed that some 50,000 Bacolenos received medical assistance from the city since 2004.

4Ps ? the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program provides poor families with cash for medical and educational assistance while the Bacolod City Emergency Medical Assistance Program also provides for assistance to constituents who need medical and burial assistance.

A total of P10-million was spent by the local government of Bacolod for the program in 2009.

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia said it has been the priority of the city government to ensure the welfare of the less privileged and he expressed hopes that through the various medical assistance programs, the city government was able to help those who cannot afford to pay for medical treatment and services.

This year, the city government is intensifying this program by providing an additional P1.5-million to Western Visayas Regional Hospital (WVRH).

Recently, the local government of Bacolod has entered into a memorandum of agreement with the officials from Riverside Hospital for the construction of a lying in clinic and birthing facility at the compound of the City Health Office.

Through the lying in clinic and birthing facility, Bacoleņos will be able to avail free medical services and medicines at the WVRH. Medical services and medicines that are not available at WVRH can be obtained from other hospitals/medicines, chargeable to the allocated funds at the regional hospital.

Bacoleņos who intend to avail of the medical assistance program must first secure a referral slip from the city government, through the Department of Social Services and Development. The referral slip will then be submitted to the DSSD personnel assigned at WVRH for processing.

The lying-in clinic, Leonardia said, is also expected to decongest the regional hospital. Leonardia added that the lying-in and birthing home facility will also be a precursor to the construction of a city hospital soon. (PIA/EAD) [top]

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