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MOA to expand delivery of health services inked

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (13 February) -- Two government agencies have pledged their support to expand the delivery of health services in all the districts in the country.

The House of Representatives' online news disclosed that Speaker Prospero Nograles and Chairman Sergio Valencia of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to implement a "cost sharing" program for the acquisition of ambulances.

Nograles said that the House as well as the PCSO are exploring all opportunities to expand the delivery of health services in all districts of the country, including the party list constituencies.

He also lauded the all out support of the PCSO in the various social services of the government.

Under the MOA, the cost sharing acquisition program calls for a 50-50 percent counterparting by the PCSO and the members of the House in acquiring of ambulances as maybe required by the districts, he explained.

Based on the MOA, the PCSO shall undertake the procurement of ambulance units in compliance with existing procurement laws, pertinent guidelines, rules and regulations, Nograles revealed, adding that the project shall also be subject to availability of funds and to applicable accounting and auditing laws, rules and regulations.

Both Nograles and Valencia noted that the PCSO and HOR are partners in nation building and development and, as such, are mutually committed to work together through cooperation in the various activities and programs designed to improve the quality of lives of millions of Filipinos.

he MOA is also in accordance with PCSO's mandate to provide healthcare programs and other basic services, particularly in the agency's Board of Directors' Resolution No. 131 on February 4,2009.

Meanwhile, the PCSO shall create a Project Steering Committee to facilitate the donation and cost sharing scheme.

The Committee shall draft and establish the Guidelines for the project and shall oversee the coordination, facilitation, evaluation, processing and review of all requests for ambulance units from the concerned congressional districts and party list groups. (PIA) [top]

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