Four projects worth a total of P21.24 billion in health, education and land management may be rolled out soon after President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III gave his green light Tuesday.
The President, who chairs the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board meeting approved two major projects from the Department of Health (DOH), a statement showed.
These are the P5.69-billion modernization of the Philippine Orthopedic Center (POC) through public-private partnership, and the P8.94-billion health strategy to be developed with the U.S.
The POC modernization involves the construction of a 700-bed capacity tertiary orthopedic hospital within the National Kidney and Transplant Institute Complex in Quezon City.
"It will also involve the supply, installation, operations and management of modern diagnostics equipment and IT facilities, as well as the operation and maintenance of the entire facility," the NEDA statement said.
Meanwhile, the new health strategy to developed by the DOH and the U.S. Agency for International Development will focus on family planning, and maternal and child health; tuberculosis control; and multi-drug resistant/extensively-drug resistant TB treatment.
The new strategy will be implemented from 2012 to 2017.
Also approved was the P3.93 Basic Education Assistance for Muslim Mindanao, which involves the improvement of education access and infrastructure, health and sanitation and technical-vocational training in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Additional financing worth P2.68 billion from the World Bank has also been approved for the Environment department's Land Administration and Management Project.
The project "will develop an efficient system of land titling and administration that will foster the development of efficient land markets in rural and urban areas," NEDA said.
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