February 23, 2024

Mayor Benjamin Magalong signed a memorandum of agreement with 11 barangays in the city for the purchase of maintenance medicines and wellness needs of senior citizens and indigents.

These barangays are Pinsao Proper, Pinget, Guisad Central, Pinsao Pilot Project, San Luis, South Drive, Manuel Roxas, Country Club Village, Saint Joseph Village, Upper Quezon Hill, and Quezon Hill Proper.

Under the agreement, the barangay committed to provide funds for the purchase of maintenance medicines and other medicinal and wellness needs for senior citizens and indigents while the city will procure maintenance medicines listed by the barangay pursuant to Government Procurement Policy Board Resolution 7-2022.

The Department of Health, through Administrative Order 2021-0040, announced the Implementing Guidelines on the Establishment of Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee (PTC) in provincial and city health offices for local government units to create a PTC at the provincial and city levels, in accordance with the Generics Act of 1988 implementing guidelines with clearly defined functions relating to procurement and supply chain management of medicines, through an executive order.

The city has ordered and created a PTC through EO 161, s. 2021 to evaluate and select essential medicines for procurement based on the needs of the community and ensure that prices are within the price range set by drug pricing policies.

City Ordinance 10, s. 2023, stated the provision of free maintenance medicines to indigent residents of the city and appropriating funds thereof while in Resolution 234, s. 2021, the city urged barangays to allocate an appropriate amount for the purchase of maintenance medicines and other medicinal and wellness needs for senior citizens in their budgets. – Gaby B. Keith