By Nitz Arancon
THE city council, acting as a committee of the whole, has approved the city-run JR Borja General Hospital’s budget for next year at P444,651,203, in its budget hearing recently.
The hospital’s budget last year was P301,280,929.
According to Councilor Edna Dahino, chair of the committee on appropriation, the budget includes the salaries and wages of its employees which is pegged at P190 million.
It includes allocation for maintenance and operating expenses such as repair of the hospital building and other structural repairs of the hospital.
The approved budget, Dahino added, has included the procurement of a hospital ambulance (P2.6 million) and a construction of a medical oxygen plant (P7 million).
Before this, the city council approved a supplemental budget of P120 million for the construction of the hospital’s intensive care unit.
For his part, Dr. Ramon Neri, chief of hospital, said they did not spend the P120 million allocation for an ICU alone. Of the amount, he explained, P70 million was spent on other needs of the city hospital and P50 million was spent for the construction of the hospital’s satellite clinic in Barangay Lumbia.
In another development, the city councilor has also approved the 2019 budget of the City Health Office amounting to P207.2 million.
Of the budget, P143.7 million has been allocated for its employees’ salaries and wages, while P32.7 million has been allocated for the office’s maintenance and other operating expenses.