City Health Office Pushes Five-Year Investment Plan

The city health office is pushing for stronger service through the implementation of a five-year City-wide Investment Plan for Health (CIPH) under an agreement recently forged with the Department of Health (DOH).

The city council last Monday deferred confirmation of the agreement signed last March by mayor Mauricio Domogan and Health Secretary Enrique Ona pending discussions with city budget officer Leticia Clemente on the fund outlay needed to implement the same.

Assistant city health officer, Dr. Rowena Galpo, told the city council the budget estimate for 2013 would be P340 million. She clarified the amount would include those coming from outside the city's own coffers.

The city's health budget for 2012 is pegged at P101 million.

The city council's committee on laws composed of councilors Richard Carino, Nicasio Aliping Jr. and Elmer Datuin earlier recommended confirmation of the CIPH agreement that shall govern the health operations of the city from this year to 2016.

Under the pact, the DOH shall coordinate the support of national government agencies to the city, issue policies that would mobilize its own centers for the accomplishmen t of the enhanced CIPH and facilitate provision and release of fund grants.

The DOH, through its Center for Health in the Cordillera, will also work on alignment of city and national health policies and thrusts, deliver technical assistance to the city, monitor and evaluate implementation of the CIPH and facilitate release of grants and other fund transfers .

The financing portfolio for the program will be from the city's Internal Revenue Allotment, national government counterpart funds from the regular budget of theDOH and support from donors such as the World Health Organization and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund. – RD.

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