THE Department of Health has recently received P350-million in quick release funds, in addition to the almost P137-million that the agency has spent for infrastructure rehabilitation efforts in the war-ravaged Marawi City.
Health OIC-Secretary Herminigildo Valle said the amount for infrastructure rehabilitation would mostly come from Task Force Bangon Marawi, but a part of it would be contributed by the DoH.
“Almost mga P137-million na ating nagagastos diyan, plus meron pang P350 million na quick release funds na nakuha namin recently, gagamitin din diyan sa infrastructure, sa rehabilitation...” he said.
Valle said the amount would be used for rehabilitating partially and completely damaged buildings.
The DoH is part of the inter-agency task force created by President Rodrigo Duterte to spearhead recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts for Marawi. Task Force Bangon Marawi is headed by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
Valle added that the Amai Pakpak Medical Center, located at “ground zero” of the siege, is already in operation, and its some 120 staff members are conducting medical care functions such as surgeries, dialysis and intensive care.
The OIC further said that he had oriented the health workers at the hospital to understand and anticipate the need to provide medical care that would be needed in time for the return of the city’s displaced residents.
He added staff shortage is being augmented by health workers from different regions.