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PGMA reopens Barangay "Botika" in health visit to Camarines Sur

Sagnay, Camarines Sur (1 June) -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, during a visit yesterday (May 31), ordered government assistance to re-open a failed Botika ng Barangay (small drugstore) project operated in this town by the local parish.

The barangay drugstore operated by the St. Andrews Social Development Center started in 2006 but closed shop two years later due to funding deficiency and absence of a Department of Health license.

Recently, the parish signified its intention to resume operation by submitting to the DOH a Letter of Intent. Except for the required pharmacist, all other requisites have been complied with. To hasten the reopening the President told the DOH to immediately commit the services of a government pharmacist.

In her brief message before local officials, parishioners, and residents here, the Chief Executive underscored the importance of the Botika ng Barangay in their locality and in all other barangays nationwide, to enable the poor residents to buy cheap medicines.

"Importante na kung mayroon tayong economic activity gaya ng turismo, kailangan din naman mayroong mga serbisyo para sa mga pinakamahihirap. At itong serbisyo na ginawa n gating pamahalaan ay iyong para sa kalusugan ? iyong murang gamut, (It is important that other economic activities such as tourism be complemented by basic health and affordable medical services.)" the President said.

After her speech, the President proceeded to the Dr.Manuel T. Fuentebella Memorial Hospital to personally inspect its facilities.

The hospital, which the President herself inaugurated in October 1994 when she was then a senator, houses equipment for a variety of surgical, dental and ophthalmology services. Through the initiative of Camarines Sur 4th District Rep. Arnulfo Fuentebella, medical missions benefiting the residents of the 11 municipalities in the Partido area, have been conducted in the hospital since 1994. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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