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Memorandum of Agreement Between City Government and the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center

IMG_3593Cotabato City Mayor Japal J. Guiani, Jr. is scheduled to sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center implementing the intervention assistance of the local government to the indigent residents of the city undergoing laboratory and/or diagnostic examination with CRMC.

The main objective of this cooperation is to ensure and strengthen the collaborative linkages between the city government and the CRMC in giving support especially to the poverty-stricken residents of the city by allocating essential resources for their sustainable hospital services.

The guidelines include the amount of 1 million pesos to be appropriated by the local government for purposes of extending financial assistance to qualified indigent patients confined at the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center and referred by the Office on Social Welfare and Development Services to defray the cost of diagnostic and laboratory tests.

The tests shall also be limited and not include EKG testing, pre-employment drug screenings, blood banking, blood sugar testing, and urinalysis.

IMG_3602Secretary to the Mayor Aniceto Rasalan says members of DSWD's 4Ps program shall be automatically catered by the agreement.

"The OSWDS has its inventory of the indigent residents of Cotabato City and once they have been identified by the office, they will be automatically be assisted by the local government. But to be clear, out patients are not included in the agreement", Rasalan says.

Mayor Guiani believes this program will be a big help to the indigent residents of Cotabato City because most of them cannot afford the hospitalization bills and laboratory examinations.

"This will be immediately implemented. If in case the 1 million will not be totally exhausted for this year, it shall be added to the budget for next year", the Mayor says.

The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement is scheduled on December 29, 2011 to be held at the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center.

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