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Under a fragmented health care, Philippines is ill-equipped in combating COVID-19

From 2016 to 2019 alone, the public health program’s total budget allocation has been reduced significantly, varying from 15-percent to 28-percent cut.
For one, the budget for Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, the lead public hospital in the government’s effort to address the looming outbreak, has been slashed from P263 million in 2019 to P115 million in 2020.

By INA ALLECO SILVERIO
“Under the Aquino administration, public health services are no longer free but they come for a fee.” – Alliance of Health Workers