ARMM, Zambo hospital sign health care deal
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan. 15 (PNA) -– The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Wednesday for the implementation of a health care program for the benefit of indigent patients from ARMM.
The signatories of the MOA were ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman who signed on behalf of ARMM and ZCMC Chief of Hospitals Dr. Romeo Ong, representing ZCMC.
Specifically, the health care program will benefit the indigent patients from the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi (BaSulTa), which are among the five provinces of ARMM. The other two ARMM provinces are Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao.
Under the MOA, the ARMM will establish or place a self-liquidating P1 million fund to shoulder the medical expenses of indigent patients from BaSulTa areas admitted at ZCMC.
Hataman said the P1 million self-liquidating fund comes from his office’s Special Purpose Funds.
Hataman explained it will be immediately replenished once consumed “that’s why it is classified as self-liquidating fund.”
“I have Special Purpose Funds of P93 million per year. I have categorized it for health, education, livelihood and capability building of our employees,” Hataman disclosed.
“This (P1 million) is a standby fund that we will tap to provide the needs of the patients,” Ong said citing the health care program stipulated in the MOA covers all health cases and services.
Hataman noted that the ZCMC is “the high-end public hospital of the region” and for the BaSulTa areas due to its proximity.
Ong disclosed that around 25 percent of the more than 400 patients they serve are from the BaSulTa areas.
Hataman said the same health care program is being implemented with a government-owned hospital in Cotabato City for indigent patients from Maguindanao.
Hataman said they will also sign the same MOA with a public hospital in Cagayan de Oro City for indigent patients from Lanao del Sur area. (PNA)