Pharmacies, drug suppliers ink deal with Cebu to provide free medicines to indigents

UP TO 40 pharmacies and drug suppliers in Cebu have signed an agreement with the Cebu Provincial Government to assist people in need.

This is in line with Governor Gwendolyn Garcia’s “HimSugbo” program or Himsog sa Sugbo and her objective to improve the services of the provincial and district hospitals in the province.

The agreement would allow underprivileged patients to obtain free medicines from partner pharmacies and drug suppliers via a prescription with QR codes provided by their doctors.

It is known that P85 million will be allotted by the Province for “Healthy Cebu.”

At least P50 million of the amount will come from the Office the President and the remaining P35 million from the Department of Health.

The method used in the program is patterned after the Sugbo Negosyo and Dasig Sugbo cards.

The prescription that will be given by the attending physician, signed by the social welfare personnel and chief of the hospital has a QR code, can be redeemed from partner merchants.

The beneficiaries must also be indigents to avail themselves of the program.

Aside from medicine, the beneficiaries can also avail themselves of prosthetics and assistive devices.

During the signing of memorandum of agreement, Garcia expressed gratitude in collaborating with pharmacies and suppliers to provide good health services to the poor people of Cebu.

"What had always been the way of looking at it, ma financial assistance man, ma ayuda man o tabang man sa panahon nga sila masakit ang naandan nato basta kay nahatag na ng kwarta, humana na atong obligasyon. Apan alang kanako kay bisan pa tuod kinahanglan ni nato sila tabangan, dili ni salapi nga walay tulobagon, salapi ni sa gobyerno nga nagagikan usab sa buhis nga gibayad sa katawhan, busa dako kaayo ni nga tulobagon, nga gitahasan aning among position ug gisaligan sa katawhan nga gastuhon ang maong salapi sa labing makiangayon ug sa giangay nga tumong sa maong salapi," Garcia said.

(What we typically do is that when we already give the money, our obligation is done, regardless of whether it is financial assistance, aid, or help when they are sick. But in my opinion, even though we must assist them, the funding for this comes from the government and is derived from taxes paid by the public. As a result, given our position and the public's confidence in us, we have a great responsibility to use this funding in the most equitable manner and for the purposes for which it was intended). (ANV, TPT)