Proposed Law to Boost Health Research Fund

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Proposed Law to Boost Health Research Fund


MANILA, Philippines - The proposed Philippine National Health Research Fund (PNHRF) is anticipated to boost the country's fund for drug development efforts and other health-related researches, which now stands at only P100 million.A priority bill under the Aquino administration, the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) under Senate Bill 2029 was introduced by Sen.Edgardo Angara.Under the bill, the fund can be increased through various means.The three major sources are a 10 percent allocation of the allowable administrative expense of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.; three percent annual revenue collection of the National Statistics Office from certificate issuances; and 10 percent of total fees collected by the Professional Regulation Commission from the issuance and renewal of all professional licences in the health profession.Other fund sources are P10 for every motor vehicle transaction at the Land Transportation Office; One percent of total revenues generated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resoruces's fines and penalties collected under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act; budget allocations from the General Appropriations Act; and donations and grants from the private sector.At present, the entire health research sector including those of three agencies - Department of Science and Technology, Department of Health, and Commission on Higher Education - has total funding of P100 million, according to Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) Research Information Chief Merlita M. …

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