Finally, Department of Health will start the full implementation of Human Resource for Health (HRH) Deployment 2019 on June 1.
In a DOH Memorandum issued to regional offices, Assistant Secretary of Health Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy requested Directors of Centers for Health Development (CHD) and Minister of Health of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), and their Human Resource Coordinators to facilitate deployment of HRH workers from June 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.
Here’s the screenshot of the Memo, now circulating online:
HRH is the program of government which sends health workers such as nurses, midwives, doctors, dentists and other health workers to poor communities.
The deployment was stalled due to delayed approval of Congress of the General Appropriations Act (GAA) 2019 or the national budget. Bicameral committee only transmitted it March 27 and finally signed by the President on April 15.
In a statement issued 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.
These will be implemented once DBM released the National Budget Circular which sets guidelines on the utilization and disbursement of funds.
DBM published the National Budget Circular 577 on Tuesday, which gives signal to DOH to start the deployment of more HRH workers.
As posted in DBM’s website, GAA 2019 allocates a total of Php 8,570,305,000 budget for HRH Deployment this 2019. Out of this figure, Php 5,138,237,000 will be taken from Personnel Services and Php 3,432,068 from Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses appropriations of the Office of the Secretary of Health.
The Memo of Dr. Lee Suy also shows that there will be HRH who will get appointments (PS-Contractuals?), and some still under Contracts of Service (Job Orders).
This contrary to earlier statements of DOH undersecretary Roger Tong-an that there will be no more job order items in HRH; instead they will be appointed to regular positions with Magna Carta benefits.
Hopefully, DOH will issue another statement/update on the HRH Deployment 2019 to clarify these issues and set timeline for deployment.