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11% higher than current budget: P3B allotted for 4 Cebu hospitals in 2022

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By Billy Begas

Four hospitals in Cebu that are being run by the Department of Health (DOH) will get P3.02 billion next year to sustain its operation and another P335 million to expand and upgrade their facilities.

House Assistant Majority Leader and Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas said that under the 2022 National Expenditure Program (NEP) the combined funding is P310 million, or 11% higher than the P2.71 billion that the four hospitals will receive this year.

The Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) in Cebu City will get P2.16 billion; the Cebu South Medical Center (CSMC) in Talisay City was allocated P496.23 million; St. Anthony Mother and Child Hospital (SAMCH) in Cebu City will get P192.13 million; and the Eversley Childs Sanitarium and General Hospital (ECSGH) in Mandaue City was allotted P176.42 million.

On top of their operating budgets, Gullas said the four hospitals will also receive funds from DOH’s P19.5-billion Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) in 2022.

The HFEP provides incremental funding “for the construction, upgrading, or expansion of government healthcare facilities and the purchase of hospital equipment for such facilities, including the improvement of facilities for COVID-19 response and the equipping and construction of on-going projects.”

Under the HFEP, Gullas said VSMMC would be getting P200 million for new medical equipment; ECSGH with P65 million for new medical equipment; CSMC with P20 million for new infrastructure, plus P15 million for new medical equipment; and SAMCH with P20 million for new infrastructure and another P15 million for new medical equipment.

“The P335 million that the four hospitals will receive from the HFEP in 2022 is 60 percent higher than the P210 million that they are getting this year from the program,” Gullas added.

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