THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced that it has allotted a total of P49.75 billion for the operational costs of the Department of Health (DOH)’s regional hospitals and other health facilities in the country under the proposed 2024 National Expenditure Program (NEP).
According to DBM Secretary Amenah Pangandaman, the proposed budget for FY 2024 is P1.31-billion higher than the FY 2023 GAA level of P48.44 billion. She said this is due mainly because of adjustments made in the normative financing of DOH hospitals, including funds needed for expanding specialty centers.
Pangandaman said the allocation shows the government’s firm commitment to augment the capabilities of the country’s primary healthcare facilities, secure the well-being of Filipino families and ward off potential future health crises.
“The allocation is part of government’s efforts to strengthen primary healthcare facilities in the country, ensure the health of Filipino families, and to avoid another health crisis,” Pangandaman explained.
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., in his budget message, emphasized the importance of maintaining the optimal functioning of DOH hospitals in Metro Manila and other DOH hospitals and facilities across the regions.
The proposed budget allocation would be distributed among 68 hospitals spanning across various regions including the National Capital Region, Regions I to X, and Regions XI to XIII.