P8B b’gay health station project anomalous–Duque


DEPARTMENT of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III on Monday vowed that heads will roll over the anomalous P8.1-billion project to build 5,700 barangay health stations (BHS) nationwide.

Duque made the warning as the result from the investigation of the BHS project he initiated in April.

The Commission on Audit last year flagged the project after finding that sites for the BHS were ineligible and non-workable because they were not fully validated before project contracting and implementation due to absence of specific guidelines.

Auditors also pointed to procured equipment left idle and undistributed to intended school-based health stations due to the delay and non-completion of the project.

The BHS was supposed to “ensure access of every barangay to primary care, using public elementary schools as sites.

Meanwhile, former DOH secretary Janette Garin said health officials chose the project sites by matching the Department of Education’s list of public schools with a list of areas that lacked health clinics.

The DOH approved the construction of the BHS in 2015 and 2016.

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