President Duterte: I will release one billion for sick Filipinos

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday declared that he released P1 billion funds for poor Filipinos who could not afford to buy medicines.

“I am thinking of people who are really hard up,” Duterte said.

Duterte attended the awarding ceremony of the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines Golf Tournament held at the Camp Aguinaldo Golf Club in Quezon City. He expressed his concerns over sick Filipinos that needed financial assistance to get back in full health.

He said hopefully every month he could release 1 billion for the hospitalization and maintenance.

“I released one billion to those people holding mga reseta (doctor’s prescription) ngayon, na walang mabibili,” Duterte said.

“Marami dito sa ating mga kababayan nagkasakit na may reseta ang doctor and they cannot buy it. So for this month and hopefully every month, I will release one billion for those who cannot afford hospitalization or may mga maintenance,” Duterte added.

The amount, however is separate from the P1 billion he ordered released for the medical upkeep of drug dependents. And he is mulling on releasing a billion more to help in their rehabilitation.

He shared that he requested the Department of Budget and Management to look for funding to attend to the needs of sick Filipinos who are too poor to buy the needed medicines. The President said the sick can just go to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and present their prescriptions.

The Chief Executive reiterated his campaign pledge to rid the country of corruption so that every Filipino will benefit from the taxes collected by government.

His political party, PDP-Laban has started a feeding program to support Duterte’s campaign against poverty which he started in Davao when he was mayor for 23 years.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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