On August 6, 2019, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released PhP2.6 billion to the Department of Health-Central Office (DOH-CO). This amount covers the funding requirements for the implementation of various infrastructure projects and the purchase of medical equipment for various recipient Barangay Health Stations (BHS), Rural Health Units (RHU), Local Government Unit (LGU) Hospitals, DOH Hospitals, other health facilities, and beneficiary National Government Agencies under the FY 2019 Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP).
The HFEP is a national program that assists in enabling government healthcare facilities to provide quality health care towards the attainment of the Philippine Health Agenda through the allocation of Capital Outlay for the procurement of health infrastructure, medical equipment, and land outlay for selected DOH hospitals.
Through the HFEP, health facilities and hospitals will be upgraded and provided with appropriate medical equipment and enhanced infrastructure, leading to a high quality and accessible health care delivery system.
Aside from the PhP2.6 billion for the HFEP, the DBM also previously released PhP627.5 million to DOH-CO on July 31, which covers the funding requirements for the purchase of 251 ambulances chargeable against the 2019 HFEP. The ambulances will be deployed to various DOH Hospitals and Medical Centers, LGU Hospitals, Urban Health Centers, RHUs, Provincial/City/Municipal Health Offices, and BHSs.