Health department sends doctors to Abra municipalities

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BANGUED, Abra: The Department of Health’s Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD)—Cordillera Regional Office has dispatched the first batch of doctors to the doctor-less municipalities in Abra this week.

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The five doctors and their respective assignments are Marie Fe Ongpauco (Bucloc), Jennifer Gianan (Danglas), Angela Superticioso (San Quintin), Desiree Joy Ortiz (Malibcong) and John Calvin Lagutin (Tineg).

The medical personnel were received by Mayor Corinthia Crisologo of Tineg and Mayor Amador Diaz of San Quintin upon arrival at the DOH-CHD–Abra Field Office in Bangued on Monday.

The second batch of five doctors for the municipalities of Pilar, Lacub, Langiden, La Paz and Tubo are expected to be deployed soon.

The DOH CHD–CAR was supposed to send 11 doctors to Abra’s 13 doctor-less municipalities. However, Abra team leader Agnes Casia said only 10 accepted the job.

Three other towns remain without a doctor. These are Daguioman, San Isidro and Boliney.

The DOH-CHD will pay for the basic salary of the doctors while the local government units counterparts will cover the fringe benefits such as representation and transportation allowances, and those that are provided for in the Magna Carta for Health Workers such as clothing allowance, subsistence allowance, hazard pay, laundry allowance and other incidental expenses necessary in the conduct of their duties as the municipal health officer of the local government they are assigned to.

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