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Ifugao PGO to fund 50 botika ng barangays

by Vency D. Bulayungan

LAGAWE, Ifugao (29 September) -- In line with the national government's program of providing low cost medicines, the provincial government here will fund 50 Botika ng Barangays (BNB).

Dr. Marivic Fabro, the Provincial BNB Coordinator here said the additional 50 BNBs which will be implemented next year will augment the existing 53 BNBs of the Department of Health (DOH).

"We are glad that our local officials are one with the us when it comes to the health concerns of our people," she said.

According to Fabro, the new BNBs will follow the same process with the DOH such as the barangay will provide the structure and the honorarium of the BNB operator while the provincial government will provide the medicines.

She added that the BNB, which is one of the flagship programs of President Gloria Arroyo, is included in the Provincial Investment Plan for Health here. Health is one of the priority programs of Governor Teddy Baguilat Jr.

The BNB which started in 2004 here was initially supported by 50 barangays all over the province. Another three was added and this year, the national government will fund 10 more BNBs. The municipalities of Hingyon and Kiangan had signified their interest in establishing more BNBs in their localities Fabro said.

This time, the Health Department will involve the municipal, barangay government, the community and health personnel in the implementation of the program, she disclosed.

"Generally, the BNBs went beyond their seed capital of P12,500," Fabro said. Most of the BNBs here were able to acquire a gain of P20 to P30,000.00 she added.

She pointed out that the success of this program can be attributed to the initiatives of the operators such as purchasing medicines from accredited outlets when the supplies coming from the DOH are late. The accredited outlets in the province are Lagawe Drug, Family Drug and Mega trade.

Fabro disclosed that as per assessment, the people benefited from this program because it is accessible to them, the price is lower than the commercial medicines and with good quality. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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