The Department of Health (DOH) is extending PHP1.1 million incentive to Iloilo City which is cited as most outstanding local government unit for the 2017 Local Health Systems (LHS) award and as top performing City Health Office (CHO) for tuberculosis program implementation in Western Visayas.
DOH-6 Regional Director Marlyn W. Convocar, in a letter addressed to Mayor Jose Espinosa III, said Iloilo City was entitled to a PHP500,000 cash award that would be used to finance health-related programs and projects supportive to the Local Investment Plan for Health and the annual operational plan.
In its menu of projects, the fund shall be utilized for improvement plans and activities to create a functional service delivery network, health researches or innovative practices, capacity building activities, promotional activities, and other government-related activities.
On the other hand, the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of this city on Tuesday authorized Mayor Jose Espinosa III to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DOH for the implementation of the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP).
The MOA was in line with the PHP600,000 grant it was entitled to receive in recognition of its outstanding performance and contribution in the delivery of basic tuberculosis (TB) Directly Observed Treatment, Short-course (DOTS) program.
The fund is provided under the NTP performance-based grant to augment the logistics, drugs and supplies for the use of TB DOTS facilities.
The winners were chosen based on the review of their TB program implementation from 2014 until 2016.
They were rated according to their DOTS compliance assessment tool, case detection rate, defaulter rate, treatment success rate, national awards and timelines in the submission of reports. (By Perla Lena, PNA)