ILOILO — From 2010 to 2015, a total of P5.25-billion in investment has been spent to improve public health as well as the state and services of 12 province-owned hospitals here.
Of the total spending, P4.75-billion came directly from the funds of the provincial government, while P492-million was grant from the Department of Health and Korea International Cooperation Agency.
The province spent P2-billion for the salaries of employees, P1.1-billion for the maintenance and other operating expenses and P840-million for the infrastructure development and procurement of medical equipment of the hospitals.
A total of P393-million, on the other hand, was spent for the salaries of employees and P56.5-million for the maintenance and other operating expenses of the Provincial Health Office.
For the nutrition program, procurement of water-sealed toilets and other capital outlay of PHO, a total of P19.4-million was spent and P193-million for the healthcare financing for indigents, through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development.
KOICA gave Iloilo P300-million for the upgrading of three hospitals located in geographically-isolated and disadvantaged areas — Aleosan District Hospital in Alimodian, Jesus M. Colmenares District Hospital in Balasan and Dr. Ricardo Provido Mem. District Hospital in Calinog – and for the improvement of people’s access to maternal and newborn care services in Leon, San Miguel, Alimodian, Calinog, Bingawan, Carles, Estancia, Batad and Balasan.
The remaining P192-million was part of the Hospital Facilities Enhancement Program of DOH.
Serve with Heart
“We will do everything to upgrade the quality of our hospitals. I am committed to pour millions of investments to make these hospitals real hospitals for the poor,” declared Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. during the Provincial Health Summit held in Casa Real on November 17.
The summit, organized by Zuellig Family Foundation, Province of Iloilo and Department of Health, gathered some 150 municipal heath officers, chief of hospitals, municipal mayors and other key health leaders.
The activity was part of the continuing Health Leadership and Governance Program, a USAID-assisted initiative that aims to improve the health outcomes of 54 poor provinces in the country, including Iloilo.
The summit aims to discuss and resolve, among others, the challenges and gaps in provincial and municipal health systems to prevent the occurrence of maternal and infant mortalities.
During his speech, Defensor pointed out to doctors, nurses and other medical staff working in the 12 district hospitals to fulfill their duties with love and compassion.
“Do not force the poor to pay their hospital bills. Release them after their treatment. Let me remind you that these hospitals were built not for the rich but for the poor,” he stressed.
No matter how the province improves its hospital infrastructure, if the service remains poor, public service will be a failure, he added.
“We should be prepared to lose. Ang maperdi ta sa kwarta, bawion ta na lang sa serbisyo. If we want to put substance to our sworn duties, I am asking you to sacrifice,” he said.
The flagship program of the governor on health is captured on the word “HEART” which stands for Hospital Efficiency Assurance Through Reform and Transformation.
It aims to develop and upgrade the services of the 12 province-owned hospitals through a hospital enhancement program, full implementation of no balance billing and point-of-care of PhilHealth, enhancement of hospital manpower capability and strengthening of hospital fiscal management.
It also includes the establishment of hospital information and management system (HIMS) and other health programs in partnership with non-government organizations and other agencies. JAN
Provincial Administrator Raul Banias said without the commitment of the governor,
The components of the HLGP are leadership and governance, health system development and community participation. The municipalities in Iloilo province among the 54 provinces in the country are among the municipalities under the ZFF-USAID supported initiative. The goal is to replicate ZFF’s efforts in in its cohort municipalities to bring down maternal and infant mortality through health leadership and governance interventions. This partnership is called the Health Leadership and Governance Program (HLGP).
In May 16, 2013, the Zuellig Family Foundation and the Department of Health (DOH) entered into a partnership in order to implement the Health Leadership and Governance Program (HLGP), a 3-year program which aims to improve the health outcomes of the 54 provinces and 609 municipalities and cities identified as poor and targeted for Bottom Up Budgeting (BUB) by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).