MEMBERS of the Laoag Sangguniang Panlungsod unanimously approved the resolution requesting Regional Health Director Dr. Eduardo C. Janairo to provide assistance to the city through 10 additional Botika ng Barangay units.
Laoag Councilor Sonia B. Siazon, sponsor of the resolution, said the Botika ng Barangay is a national program being implemented by the Department of Health in pursuit of the pro-poor health agenda.
The lady councilor also said that the program would provide safe, effective and quality medicines at affordable prices.
“It is one of the reasons to counteract the move of foreign multinational pharmaceutical companies in lobbying against the bill for cheaper and affordable medicines for the Filipino people,” Siazon said.
During the deliberations, Laoag Councilor Francis Dacuycoy queried Siazon about the specific assistance the DOH regional office would provide with regards to the said program.
Siazon replied that the regional office would give P25,000 worth of over-the-counter and prescription medicines for each of the Botika ng Barangay unit.
Siazon also revealed that Janairo earlier proposed that she ask for 60 Botika units for the entire city but she said she settled for the initial 10 units.
After the approval of the measure, Siazon said the DOH regional office would be sending Ms Lina Tadena, in charge of the regional Botika program to Laoag to conduct a seminar.
Meanwhile, city health officer Dr. Renato Mateo, who was also present during the deliberations and was also queried by the councilors about the program, favored the 10 additional units.
Mateo also mentioned that the 10 existing Botika ng Barangay located in far-flung rural areas are still functional.
He further stated that although the DOH regional office implements and monitors this project, the City Health Office is still being informed in case a representative visits the city.
Dominic B. dela Cruz