Health, social services priorities for Davao City in 2015: Duterte

MAYOR RODRIGO R. Duterte said social services and health will be the priority for 2015 as the budget is being readied for release once the new year starts.

“The programs for the City Health Office and (Scholarship on Tertiary Education Program) STEP should be expanded,” Duterte said.

He said that the scholarship program is banking on the potential of bright students who cannot afford an education. “There are a lot of smart people in the Philippines,” he said.

Last month, the P5.8 billion budget for the city was approved by the city council.

According to a copy of the committee report for the budget provided by the city council committee on finance, the CHO was provided an additional P14.2 million for the payment of services for 1,185 barangay health workers from 16 districts and P4.1 million for the fees for the 350 city-paid barangay nutrition scholars.

The city has also provided P10 million in aid to the Southern Philippines Medical Center.

The City Mayor’s Office also received P1.69 billion budget from the P5.8 billion, at 36.9% of the total amount to fund the operations of the offices under its wing.

The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), meanwhile, received P48.5 million.

The mayor, meanwhile, appealed to citizens to always obey the law.

He said that when children are imprisoned, it was “for their own protection.”

In the case of firecrackers and pyrotechnics, which is banned in the city, Duterte said he has already tasked law enforces to conduct checkpoints at areas entering the city.

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