ALTERNATIVE BUDGET INITIATIVE (ABI) HEALTH CLUSTER
PRESS RELEASE
30 September 2013
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Dr. Benjamin “Jun” Bernardino,...
ALTERNATIVE BUDGET INITIATIVE (ABI) HEALTH CLUSTER
“Marami sa amin ay nakakaranas ng malnutrisyon, nagkakasakit, maagang n...
ALTERNATIVE BUDGET INITIATIVE (ABI) HEALTH CLUSTER
9. Ang NARS
10. Ayos na Gamot sa Abot Kayang Presyo (AGAP) Coalition
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Health advocates propose Pork for Universal Health Care; Hire nurses, doctors, midwives for every barangay

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Press Release of the Alternative Budget Initiative (ABI) Health Cluster during the Million People March @ Ayala last Sept 30, Metroclub, Rockwell, Makati City

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Health advocates propose Pork for Universal Health Care; Hire nurses, doctors, midwives for every barangay

  1. 1. ALTERNATIVE BUDGET INITIATIVE (ABI) HEALTH CLUSTER PRESS RELEASE 30 September 2013 Contact: Dr. Benjamin “Jun” Bernardino, Life Haven, Inc., +639215793996 (Spokesperson) Jofti Villena, Sarilaya, +63949.525.3494 (Media Liaison) Health advocates propose Pork for Universal Health Care; Hire nurses, doctors, midwives for every barangay Pork can be good if rechanneled for health. Abolish the pork barrel system and chop the floating Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to hire more health workers. According to civil society network, ABI Health Cluster, for starters, an additional 5 billion pesos can get hundreds of doctors to doctorless municipalities. “Sixty percent of Filipinos die without ever seeing a health professional. Kulang na kulang ang mga health workers, ‘yun pala nilulustay lang ang pera. At least isang midwife man lang or nurse sa bawat barangay,” said Dr. Benjamin “Jun” Bernardino, spokesperson of ABI Health Cluster and Secretary-General of Life Haven, Inc., an organization working on the fulfillment of the rights of persons with disability, and pushing for independent living. Currently, some midwives oversee 3 villages, which result into 1 or 2 days per barangay instead of full week service. “Public funds that could have saved lives have been stolen, as such we support the call for the prosecution of everyone accountable.” “Wala ng lusot! Hindi na pwede ang sagot na kulang o walang pera,” continued Doc Jun, “What we want is our ‘SANA’ to transform to ‘DAPAT at SAPAT’ na badyet para sa Kalusugang Pangkalahatan.” The ABI Health Cluster proposed for a minimum additional PhP9,140,371,113.00, which includes funds for health human resource. “Although the Department of Health (DOH) budget increased, what’s actually missing in the equation is substantive financing for health human resource (HHR), a building block of universal health care: deploying adequate and skilled health workers and professionals with decent wages that will run health facilities and provide appropriate and on-time services to the people,” stated ANG NARS partylist representative Leah Paquiz. “Yet the increase is still not commensurate to the decades of neglect, and is not responsive to the minimum annual inflation rate and population increase.” The 2014 DOH Budget at PhP80,171,300,000 is a 45.5% (about PhP30-billion) increase from 2013. The bulk of the health funds are allocated for health facilities. The ABI Health Cluster further argues that the government practice of false volunteerism, such as RN Heals, which it seeks amongst health professionals, and with the export of the most skilled health professionals to serve in other countries, the health sector will continue to suffer a serious internal hemorrhage of health human resource. Another vulnerable sector, youth and children, echoes the demands on having adequate budget for health human resource. (632) 9273319, abihealth@gmail.com
  2. 2. ALTERNATIVE BUDGET INITIATIVE (ABI) HEALTH CLUSTER “Marami sa amin ay nakakaranas ng malnutrisyon, nagkakasakit, maagang nabubuntis, at ‘di nakakapagtapos ng pag-aaral. Kulang na kulang na nga ang pera para sa kabataan, magkukulang pa rin ba sa mga magagaling at mahuhusay na adolescent health workers, doctor, midwife, at nars na syang kakalinga sa amin?” Thalea Manacho remarked, a 16-year old member of Children and Youth Organization (CYO) in Caloocan City. “Ganito ba ang kinabukasang hinuhubog ng ating mga mambabatas para sa aming mga kabataan? Para sa bayan?” ABI Health Cluster supports the call for the abolishment of all pork barrel funds, prosecution of all those accountable, and have the public funds go to basic social services for the people. For the 2014 DOH Budget, the ABI Health Cluster demands for a huge investment in the deployment of health workers for effective health service delivery specifically on: • Stepping up HHR deployment: increasing Doctors to the Barrio (DTTB) from 140 to 1,000; doubling deployment of midwives, dentists, Pinoy MD scholars and MSPD; formalizing employment arrangements of existing RNHeals (22,500) and deployment of additional 10,000 trainees; including HHR insurance and trainings. • Creation of National HHR Registry • Improvement and Strengthening of HHR Monitoring and Evaluation These increases have the following budget proposal specifications: Budget Item NEP 2014 ABI Proposal Variance (ABI Proposal less NEP) MFO 1: Implementation of Doctors to the Barrios and Rural Health Practice Program 2,969,867,000 8,374,552,113 5,404,685,113 MFO 1: Health Human Resource Policy Development & Planning • HHR National Registry (50 Million) • HHR Monitoring and Evaluation (10 Million) 126,101,000 186,101,000 60,000,000 A member of the Alternative Budget Initiative led by Social Watch Philippines, the ABI Health Cluster is composed of sixty-three organizations, and has been pushing for additional resources for health and health policy reform since 2006. The ABI Health Cluster members are: 1. Access Health International 2. Action for Economic Reforms 3. Action for Health Initiatives (ACHIEVE) Inc. 4. Active Youth Movement 5. Alay Kay Maria Healthcare Foundation 6. Alliance of Progressive Labor 7. Alt*Health Foundation 8. Ang Kapakanan ng Kabataan ating Protektahan (AKKAP) (632) 9273319, abihealth@gmail.com
  3. 3. ALTERNATIVE BUDGET INITIATIVE (ABI) HEALTH CLUSTER 9. Ang NARS 10. Ayos na Gamot sa Abot Kayang Presyo (AGAP) Coalition 11. Babae Plus 12. Center for Emergency Aid & Rehabilitation Inc. (CONCERN) 13. Child Protection Unit Network (CPU-NET) 14. ChildFund Philippines 15. Childhope Asia 16. Children and Youth Organization (CYO) 17. Coalition for Health Advocacy and Transparency (CHAT) 18. Coalition of Ormoc Women 19. Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Inc. (COSE) 20. Confederation of Older Persons Association of the Philippines (COPAP) 21. Damayan ng mga Mamamayang Pilipinong Api (DAMPA) 22. Earth Savers Movement 23. Family Planning Organization of the Philippines 24. Health Care Without Harm 25. Health Integrated Development & Services (HIDS) 26. HealthJustice 27. Hope for the Youth Foundation 28. Kababaihan Pilipinas 29. KAGDUMA 30. Kampanya Para sa Makataong Pamumuhay 31. Kasarian-Kalayaan (SARILAYA) 32. katalingban para sa kalabuan 33. Katipunan ng mga Mamamayan ng Bagong Lipunan, Inc. 34. Kilos Damit 35. KSFI KATUNGODHAN SAMARENA 36. Labor Education and Research Network (LEARN) 37. LifeHaven, Inc. 38. Medical Action Group (MAG) 39. MGA GAWA 40. National Anti-Poverty Commission (FCAP) 41. Network for Transformative Social Protection in Asia (NTSP) 42. Open Heart Foundation 43. Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK) 44. Peer Educators Movement for Empowerment of Pasay, Manila, Caloocan, and Quezon City (Peer Ed PAMACQ) 45. Philippine Coalition on the U.N. Convention On The Rights OF Persons with Disabilities 46. Philippine Federation for Natural Family Planning (PFNFP-FILTAO) 47. Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development 48. Philippine Society of Sexual and Reproductive Health Nurses (PSORHN) 49. Piglas Kababaihan 50. Plan International 51. Psoriasis Philippines 52. Public Services Labor Independent Confederation (PSLINK) 53. Rural Development Institute-Leyte 54. Saganang Buhay sa Liga ng Bayan (SBSB) 55. Samahan ng mga Mamamayan ng Zone One Tondo Organization (SM-ZOTO) 56. Kasarian-Kalayaan, Inc. (SARILAYA) 57. Save the Children 58. Sentro ng Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa 59. Tahanang Walang Hagdan 60. University of the Philippines Gender Office 61. WomanHealth Philippines 62. World Vision Development Foundation, Inc. 63. Youth Meets the Children Organization (632) 9273319, abihealth@gmail.com
  4. 4. ALTERNATIVE BUDGET INITIATIVE (ABI) HEALTH CLUSTER (632) 9273319, abihealth@gmail.com

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