DSWD Releases Guidelines on P1-Billion Medicine Assistance by the Duterte Administration

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) released the guidelines on the provision of P1-Billion medicine assistance for indigent Filipino patients. DSWD field offices in Regions 3, 6, 7, 11 and NCR have been mobilized to provide medicine assistance to indigent patients.

DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo released a memorandum circular that states the following:

"President Duterte, very much aware of the high costs of medicines and the numerous indigent patients who cannot afford to buy prescription drugs, allocated P1 billion of the President’s Social Fund to enable these patients to access badly-needed medicines. President Duterte instructed us in the DSWD to formulate guidelines for the program, implement, and administer it immediately,” Taguiwalo explained

According to DSWD they did not receive yet the P1 billion fund for medicines, "but we are willing to foot the bill in the meantime so Filipinos who need immediate prescription medicines can access them ASAP (as soon as possible)," she said.

Sec. Taguiwalo also noted that as soon as the fund is available, the DSWD will oversee and manage the program. Five percent of the fund will be used for project management.

The DSWD Secretary also clarified that beneficiaries will not receive the assistance in the form of cash, but DSWD referral letters will be given to its partner drugstores and hospital pharmacies for the purchase of medicines.

DSWD also stated on their guidelines the list of required documents needed for Filipinos to avail the P1-billion medicine assistance fund of the Duterte administration.

Those who need medicine should submit to the closest DSWD-Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU) the following documents
  • Original or Certified True Copy of Documents, and/or photocopy documents certified by a CIU social worker.
  • This will include clinical abstract/medical certificate with full name, signature and license number of the attending physician (issued not later than three months).
  • Doctor's prescription with date and name of patient, signed by attending physician with license number indicated
  • Barangay Certificate of Indigence or Indigent Card issued by the medical service of the hospital
  • Any valid ID of the client
Sec. Judy Taguiwalo also noted that if the prescription costs P5,000 or less, confirmation by the doctor or his/her duly certified representative of the veracity of the prescription is sufficient for the DSWD to provide the assistance.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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