Vice President Jejomar Binay has called on the Department of Health (DOH) to stop slacking off in light of its failure to procure P4.63 billion worth of equipment, infra-projects, and medicines.
Binay was referring to the report of the Commission on Audit (COA) that the delay in the acquisition of equipment and drugs “prolonged and/or defeated the attainment of efficient, low cost but quality health care services to patients, and hospital income that may be derived therefrom, not to mention the lapse of the warranty period/expiry date, exposure to wear and tear or uncontrolled temperature that would diminish their value or potency; cost overruns and wastage of fund.”
“Billions of pesos were wasted. I urge the Department of Health to comply with proper procedures and fast track delivery of medicines,” Binay said.
“It is imperative for the head of the agency to institute measures to safeguard the assets and promote efficiency, effectiveness and economy in achieving the agency mandate,” he added, referring to Health Secretary Janette Garin who is a member of the ruling Liberal Party.
The COA urged Health officials to fast track the procurement, delivery and distribution of equipment, infra-projects, and medicine.
“Health care services should reach our brothers and sisters in far-flung areas as fast as it reaches Filipinos in urban centers. It can be done and it must be done,” Binay said.