BARMM health exec’s initiatives praised by frontliners

/ 11:05 PM July 07, 2020

Frontliners in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) recently shared appreciation posts for minister Safrullah M. Dipatuan over his many unprecedented accomplishments for the region’s health care system despite the pandemic.

Said frontliners have identified themselves as members of the region’s rural health unit since the time of ARMM. They commended Dipatuan’s commitment to good governance and transparency that paved the way for rural health workers to receive midyear bonus, clothing allowance, and hazard pay for the first time.


“Facing the pandemic as frontliners, we were never failed by our beloved minister,” wrote a frontliner from Marawi City.

“The given allowances [inspire] us frontliners to work harder and give our best [to reciprocate] the hard work of our minister,” she added.


On its Facebook page, the Tamparan Rural Health Office posted “No words can explain our gratitude for having you as our leader especially in this trying times. [Receiving] our salaries is a big honor, but with midyear bonus and clothing allowance- wow! It’s something we never expected.”

Aside from providing bonuses and allowances to the healthcare workers, Dipatuan also recently initiated the regularization of over a hundred midwives to help their frontliners in the battle against Covid-19 as well as to fill in the great lack of health workers in the barangays, especially in BARMM’s island-provinces.

Dipatuan’s commitment to ensuring that health services are delivered in grassroots community likewise facilitated the provision of additional funding for RHUs.

Last month, the Ministry of Health further allocated PhP 10 million to provincial and city health offices to augment the health facilities’ operating expenses amid the COVID-19 crisis, and to ensure that the delivery of basic health care services are not being compromised.

“We are happy to note that immunization, pre-and post-natal checkups, FP counseling, distribution of FP commodities, and the provision of modern FP birth-spacing methods and many other health services continue across the Bangsamoro region,” said the health executive.


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