by LOVELY A. CARILLO
The approval by the City Council of an Ordi-nance authorizing Mayor Sara Duterte to enter into a Memorandum of Agree-ment (MOA) with the Department of Health for the “Doctors to the Barrios” program suffered another delay.
This left doctors Myles Clement Ababon and Kris-tian Jun Lompot, without compensation and allo-wances even if they have been providing services to the city under the Doctors to the Barrios program for almost two years now.
“These doctors served the city since 2015 during the time of then mayor Rodrigo Duterte although the MOA has yet to be signed because of the change of leadership,” Councilor Mary Joselle Villafuerte, chair commit-tee on health said.
Then mayor, now President Duterte verbally promised to provide P7,000 monthly for each of the doctors but the MOA was overtaken by events after Duterte became busy with the clamor for him to run for president.
Villafuerte said the local health board enacted a resolution appealing to the City Council to approve their request to provide two medical doctors under the Doctors to the Barrios program and it was passed on first reading in June two years ago.
This was among Sara Duterte’s priorities when she became mayor.
“The doctors under the program should only be assigned to municipalities but DOH allowed them to be assigned here since we have two far-flung areas,” she said. There are 13 ba-rangays in Paquibato and 12 barangays in Marilog that are far from the city proper.
Villafuerte, however, withdrew her motion for the approval of the ordi-nance pending the procure-ment of some documents needed by the Council to ensure that the city has funds to pay the honora-riums of the doctors.