City health officer Dr. Renato Mateo has announced that the Botica sa Barangay program of the Department of Health (DOH) is set to start anytime now in the city after the health department approved the request of 10 beneficiaries from Laoag.
Mateo said five beneficiaries from Barangays Calayab, Balatong, Mangato A, Tangid and Vira had started distribution of medicines in their respective areas last week as he added that the five other beneficiaries from Barangays Madiladig, Raraburan, Lataag and La Paz are expected to launch their boticas on the second week of April.
According to Mateo, the beneficiaries will receive P25,000 worth of over-the-counter medicines which will serve as their capital and revolving fund.
The Botica sa Barangay program of the DOH aims to give rural barangay residents easier access to cheaper and high quality over-the-counter medicines.
Mateo also mentioned that the operation of the respective boticas would be on the hands of the beneficiaries who would plan the strategy for the program to succeed. The DOH only asks for the continuity of operations.
Profits to be derived from this endeavor would go to the representative, who then would decide if he would use it to expand his operations or to keep it for future use.
During a staff meeting, Mateo requested Laoag City Mayor Michael V. Fariñas to join in the distribution of medicines to the beneficiaries. Fariñas promised to do so as he expressed his gratitude to the DOH for allowing the city to join the said health program.
Dominic B. dela Cruz