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Health sector gets P24.7 B

The health sector is poised to get a total allocation of P24.7 billion out of the proposed P1.136-trillion national budget for 2007, Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr. said today.

Andaya made this clarification against reports of inadequate allocations for the health department.

"We should understand that items for health services in the national budget have been devolved to other agencies. There are provisions in the budget of different departments, agencies and even local government units that are also intended for health services," he explained.

The budget chief said the P24.7-billion aggregate budget for health services next year was, in fact, P2 billion higher compared to this year's level of P22.64 billion.

The proposed budget for the Department of Health (DoH) of P11.7 billion is P1.1 billion higher than this year's proposed allocation of P10.6 billion. Other agencies also have in their annual budget their own share of health-related items.

Based on a DBM document, the Departments of Defense (DND) and Science and Technology (DoST) will get P702.8 million and P640 million, respectively, for health-related outlays.

He said there are also health funds in the budgets of local government units (LGUs), total amount of which is P3.54 billion primarily for death benefits of barangay officials and subsidy for indigents under the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP).

The budget chief said there were also health funds amounting to P1.1 billion in the budgets of government hospitals under the education sector such as Philippine General Hospital, West Visayas University, among others.

Government specialized hospitals like Lung, Kidney and Heart Centers will retain their income for their maintenance and operation requirements. For next year, their estimated income is pegged at P955 million.

MSU sets scholarship tests

The Manila Information Office (MIO) of the Mindanao State University (MSU) System yesterday announced its 2006 System Admission and Scholarship Exam (SASE) on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 a.m. for incoming freshman for academic year 2007-2008.

MSU-MIO director Zenaida P. Gania said the tests will be held at the Manila Science High School, in front of the Supreme Court, corner Padre Faura and Taft Avenue, Manila, and at the Regis-Grace Montessori School, 2793 Daan Hari Street, M.

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