PDAF suspension to affect children's hospital
MANILA - The suspension of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) will affect the operations of the Philippine Children's Medical Center (PCMC), its top official said.
In an interview on Headstart, PCMC Executive Director Julius Lecciones said while they have enough funds to sustain the hospital's operations until the end of the year, they may encounter financial difficulties by next year.
He said the hospital largely depends on government subsidy for its survival.
He added 24 percent of the hospital's operating expenses is sourced from the PDAF, as well as funds from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, the Department of Social Welfare and Development and private donations.
“We receive some P80 million from these sources. Since the PDAF has been put on hold, we are seeing problems by next year,” he said.
The National Housing Authority (NHA) earlier asked for P1.1 billion from the PCMC to purchase the lot it has been standing on for more than 30 years now.
The NHA said they are raising funds for the relocation of informal settlers. In fact, the NHA has already been selling the hospital’s lots by piecemeal to other government agencies.
However, Malacanang already assured the PCMC will not be evicted from its current location in Quezon City.
In an interview with radio dzRB, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Department of Health will be working with other government agencies to resolve the problem.
"We assure that PCMC will stay there,” she said. – with ANC