Author: Jill Christianae A. Rendon
Bohol’s First District Representative Rene L. Relampagos earmarked a total of P27 million for the medical and social needs of his constituents. The said amount was funded from his share of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) for fiscal years 2011-2012.
Of the total amount, P3.5 million was released to Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital, the Philippine Heart Center and the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI). The said amount will be used to extend financial assistance for the medical and hospital expenses of indigent patients from the first district of Bohol.
Relampagos also allotted another P12.2 million for the purchase of medicines for his Botika sa Barangay Program, Senior Citizens Health Program, and to finance medical/surgical and dental missions in his district.
Making sure that health facilities are upgraded in his district, Relampagos also allotted P9.7M for the purchase of medical equipment in various government hospitals in the first district specifically in Loon, Calape and Maribojoc and likewise, the purchase of mini-ambulances and a mobile clinic for the different towns and barangays.
Relampagos also saw to it that financial assistance can be extended to the indigents and displaced families, the elderly and individuals in crisis situations in all the towns and barangays of the first district. To this, P2 million was allotted where burial, transportation, rice/food subsidy, shelter/clothing assistance and feeding program can be given.
Relampagos said that he considers health and social needs as a priority concern and that’s why he is providing adequate funding for these in his district so that help can be extended to those in need. The said programs are very much welcomed by his constituents.