Finally, Department of Health has released a statement regarding the status of deployment of nurses, midwives and other health workers to poor communities around the country.
This is the first official statement of the health department after the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA) or the national budget was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on April 15, 2019.
Thousands of health workers have been waiting for this update, after only a few were hired for the first 6 months due to delayed budget approval. The government have been running under 2018 reenacted budget since January.
In the statement released Friday, May 3, DOH said that around Php 8.5 billion were allocated for HRH deployment. Health workers will be not be under Job Order anymore, but PS-Contractual items, which will give them Magna Carta Benefits.
Read below the full statement:
HRH DEPLOYMENT UPDATE 03 May 2019
Following the signing of the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA) or the national budget into law, the Department a Health (DOH) is working closely with its regional offices in processing the documentary requirements for the deployment of our health workers.
The 2019 GAA provides around Php8.5 billion for the deployment of DOH Health Human Resource (HRH). This will fund our request to convert the HRH deployment program items from Job Order to PS-Contractual to make our HRH eligible for the Magna Carta benefits.
We are now awaiting the National Budget Circular from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) guidelines on the utilization and disbursement of funds. Once issued, this will give us an indicative timeline of deployment.
Priority areas of deployment, aside from GIDA barangays, are identified municipalities with indigenous cultural communities, 4. 5. 6th class municipalities, and areas with urban poor communities.
Rest assured that we are doing all that we can to efficiently process the deployment and we very much appreciate the extraordinary patience of our HRH.
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