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Rody okays ‘Botika ng Bayan’ revival

President Duterte has given the green light to revive the “Botika ng Bayan” program of former President Gloria Arroyo using the R5-billion fund contributed by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

The government-run pharmacies will be established across the country to give poor Filipinos access to free medicines, according to PAGCOR assistant vice president for community relations and services Arnell Ignacio.

“When we turned over the R5 billion, his original plan is for the resurrection of the Botika ng Bayan. Kasi ang gusto ni Presidente kapag ka merong — ang pasyente ay binigyan ng reseta ito ay mabili ng libre [The President was that, when patients are given a prescription, the medicines are available for free],” Ignacio said in a Palace news conference.

“We may be doing the same project of GMA before so ikakalat ito all over the Philippines — ‘yang Botika ng Bayan,” he added.

“Botika ng Bayan” was initiated by the Arroyo administration to provide cheap and quality medicine to Filipinos. The pharmacies were then scattered in various provinces to provide health assistance to the poor communities.

PAGCOR chief Andrea Domingo has turned over R5 billion to the President during a meeting in Malacañang last Monday.

The PAGCOR contribution will reportedly go to the President’s social fund.

On Tuesday, the President said he might use a portion of the P5 billion to build a drug rehabilitation center in Visayas next year. (GK)

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  • cathY

    malaki ang tiwala kong gagawin ni duterte ang lahat para mpa buti lang tayo.

  • Warge

    patalsikin na yang salot sa dutiti.

  • rOn_NiE

    ang nais lang ng ating leader ay mapa buti ang bawat pilipino.

  • tiago

    nationwide na po tayo matutulungan at maabot ng tulung pangakalusugan kaya di na mangangamba mga kababayan natin

  • rose

    yun oh! excellent ginagawa nya ang sinasabi ko na good governance si digong

  • benjie

    si duterte ay para sa tao at sa mga naapi kaya nagtiwala lahat sa kanya dahil sa pag asa ng pagbabago na ihahatid nito!

  • daisy

    Wow! Yan ang gusto ko kay tatay digong! ang mga kapakanan ng mamamayan ang gusto nya!

  • luke

    Maraming matutulungan nito! saludo talaga ako kay tatay digong!

  • paulo

    okay yan sa amin! maraming salamat tatay digong!