Negros Oriental chosen as pilot area for USAID program 'Fourmula One'NegOr
By Rachelle M. Nessia
Dumaguete City (15 October) -- The provincial government has received a cash allocation in the form of a negotiable instrument amounting to some P2.2 million for the implementation of the health program dubbed as 'Fourmula One.'
Fourmula One is the umbrella program of all USAID-funded health programs in the country.
Negros Oriental is one of the pilot provinces under the said program.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Dante Domingo in his meeting with Gov. Emilio C. Macias II disclosed that the cash allocation will be used to implement the initial phase of Fourmula One.
Dr. Domingo said the funds would be used mainly for the creation of the province's Health Investment Plan and for training activities focusing on Maternal and Child Care, Hospital Procurement Procedures, Public Finance Management, Health Reforms, among others.
The health officer said the programs under Fourmula One will strengthen and firm up the province's existing health programs.
"The funds could not be used for other purposes other than the training because this is only the initial allocation for the series of funds that will be allocated to the province," said Dr. Domingo.
The province is expected to receive another allocation for capability and equipment upgrading next year.
Gov. Macias stressed that health officials should prioritize the establishment of clinics in cities and towns that do not have district hospitals.
Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo recently reported that as shown by the country's MDG report, the Philippines has made considerable progress, particularly in poverty reduction, nutrition, reducing child mortality, combating HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases, access to safe drinking water and sanitary toilet facility. (PIA) [top]