Health gets large chunk in Iloilo’s 2015 budget  

ILOILO –Better healthcare for Ilonggos is expected come 2015 after Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. poured most of the province’s coffers in the development of district hospitals and rural health care units here.

Of the P2.287-billion budget that the Sangguniang Panalalawigan approved for fiscal year 2015, P224.3-million is appropriated for Hospital Management Office, a newly formed office responsible for the province’s hospital in Pototan and 11 district hospitals.

Provincial Budget Officer Elena Lim said the governor earmarked P10-million capital outlay for HMO which will be used to purchase additional ambulances and medical equipment for these hospitals.

Health has been Defensor’s priority since he became governor of Iloilo in 1992. Serving for three consecutive terms, he ran for congressman of the third district and supported various legislative measures on health reform, education and agriculture.

“I always wanted our hospitals to be true hospitals for the poor. It is the reason why we have been focusing our efforts in institutionalizing reform in our medical services, as well as in our facilities,” Defensor said.

The Provincial Health Office, on the other hand, has P75-million budget for next year wherein P2.5-million will be spent for the development of malnourished and wasted children in the province.

Other Social Services

The governor also allotted a total of P172.4-million for the Provincial Engineer’s Office wherein P12.7-million will be used for the improvement of dilapidated road networks.

His office, in particular, will receive P152.4-million while the Provincial Administrator’s Office will get P9-million.

The other offices in the frontline of the delivery of basic services will receive the following:

*P63.3-million for Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office

*P26.5-million for Provincial Population Office

*P11.9-million for the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources

*P4.5-million for Provincial Veterinary Office

*P51.7-million for Provincial Agriculture’s Office

*P20-million for the Provincial Planning and Development Office

The province’s budget for next year is going to be the biggest in its history so far. It increased by P243-million compared to 2014 budget of P2.04-billion. #2014News


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