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PIA Press Release
2009/06/06

Revilla, RDR, DRH ink KAP program

By Noel Baguio

Davao City (6 June) -- Local officials of Davao del Norte welcomed the P1 million medical assistance program coming from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Senator Ramon Bong Revilla.

Dubbed as "Kalusugan Ating Pangalagaan (KAP)" program, the medical assistance fund is specially intended for the indigent patients of the Davao Regional Hospital in Apokon, Tagum City.

Governor Rodolfo Del Rosario called the medical assistance fund as a "very worthy project," that would really benefit the poor who are admitted at the hospital. He expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Senator Revilla for his generosity in allowing DRH to have a share of his PDAF.

"This will be a big boost to the medical assistance fund that the Provincial Government of Davao del Norte has already forged with the DRH, including the other local government units in the region," Del Rosario said shortly after signing the Memorandum of Agreement, together with Hospital Chief Dr. Romulo Busuego.

Actors' Guild President Philip Salvador, who represented Senator Revilla, also signed the document as a witness, along with Provincial Administrator Rufo Peligro and Board Member Antonio Lagunsad.

However, while saying the endowment will go a long way, the governor hoped the senator will increase his allocation for the program as funds are wanting in really addressing the health and medical needs of the poor, which he tagged as the number one problem plaguing our people today.

Del Rosario said the Provincial Government has allocated more than P5 million worth of medical assistance fund this year for indigents seeking medical treatment at the DRH.

He reiterated his commitment to support DRH, especially in its bid to be the cancer center of Mindanao, while intensifying the health programs and projects of the province under the RDR WHEELS program.

Salvador assured more assistance are coming from the PDAF of the senator.

"Kumikilos si Senator Bong sa mga pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan at nais niyang iparamdam ang kanyang pagmamahal sa kanila sa pamamagitan ng KAP program," he said.

Under the terms of the MOA, the province will refer to the DRH the eligible poor patients, who will be given KAP medical assistance certificates worth P500 each. (CIO Tagum) [top]

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