Amid the continuing threat of the pandemic, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto said the local government will prioritize healthcare services in its 2021 budget.

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“Health pa rin ang prioridad. Nasa 30 percent ng 2021 budget (Health is still the priority. About 30 percent of the 2021 budget),” Sotto said on Twitter.

“Nagulo ng COVID ang mga plano natin para sa Universal Health Care (UHC), pero tungo tayo sa tamang direksyon (COVID has disrupted our plans for Universal Health Care, but we are heading in the right direction),” he added.

In 2019, the Pasig City Council passed a whopping P12 billion city budget for 2020.

Of the total amount, P2.5 billion was allocated for healthcare services, a significant increase from the previous year’s P1.7 billion budget.

To implement its local version of the UHC, the local government has upgraded its City Health Office into a City Health Department status, and improved the city’s health centers and other health facilities.

Sotto said the city government has also created over 1,000 regular positions in the department which will be filled up by next year.

The mayor said they are currently working on the city’s own dialysis program for indigent patients, among other health-related programs.

Sotto said the finance committee has finalized the draft of the city’s 2021 budget Friday.

“Next year will be fiscally tough considering the economic challenges our country faces, but we will be ready!,” Sotto said.

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