Newsbrief: DOH 2017 budget highest in history

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HEALTH Secretary Dr. Paulyn Rossel-Ubial has announced that the Department of Health is granted its highest share of the 2017 national budget with the whooping amount of P146 billion of the proposed P3.35-trillion national budget for next year.

The amount is the highest the agency has received since its inception in 1947 and is the third highest after the Department of Education (P567 billion) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (P454 billion). 

What is more significant is that it is also higher than the P130 billion of appropriations to the Department of National Defense (DND).

Ubial also said that the Senate had proposed that the DOH add inclusions to the General Appropriations Bill, which could increase the proposed DOH budget to about P152 billion “if we are to add all the suggestions of the senators, so an increase of more or less six billion from the proposal from the Lower House.”

A substantial amount from the proposed budget will be used for the DOH’s family planning and reproductive-health programs, according to the Health Secretary.

"We hope that with our collective efforts, we can really convince the judiciary that the Reproductive Health program is a health intervention and it is for population development, and that it will help the Filipino nation as a whole, and individual families in particular" Ubial stressed. (J. Veloso)