[UPDATED] Bukidnon hospitals short by P48.3 million of target; exec blames medicine controversy

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/19 June)  Bukidnon Governor-elect Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. blamed the hospital controversy last year as one of the reasons why the biggest four of the provincial government’s eight hospitals here fell short of about P48.283 million of their target collections as of May 2013.  

Zubiri told Bukidnon News Wednesday the said hospitals are in “shaky cash position” because of the deficiency. Over-all, the eight hospitals earned only a total of P100.188 million or only 67.48 percent of the target of P148.472 million.

“This is the worst (performance) of the hospitals so far,” he added, citing that in the past the shortfall is only up to P5 million.

Reports of lack of medicines and medical supplies in provincial hospitals haunted Bukidnon last year. Zubiri told a press conference on November 7 that about P16 million worth of medicines and supplies were allegedly purchased using unauthorized petty cash funds, and P27.5 million worth of medicines and supplies were also allegedly bought with questionable bidding procedures.

He said the Provincial Discipline Committee, tasked to hear the administrative charges against those involved in the controversy have already submitted their report of recommendations to Bukidnon Gov. Alex Calingasan.

Zubiri cited Wednesday that the deficit from the Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center (BPMC) in Malaybalay was P33.528 million, the Bukidnon Provincial Hospital (BPH) Maramag of about P11.377 million, BPH Manolo Fortich of about P3.698 million, and the BPH in Kibawe town with P1.234 million.

The BPH in the town of Kalilangan, San Fernando, Talakag, and Malitbog, all small hospitals with targets from the range of P1.6 million to P3.1 million, have surpassed their collections.

Zubiri, who is currently the vice governor, said the hospitals should shape up for the rest of the year to achieve its target.

From P15.525 million in 2001, Bukidnon hospitals earned a total of P304.020 million in 2012.

But in all these years, hospital income was not enough to run the eight hospitals.

For example, in the 2013 budget total office appropriation was at P403.006 million for the hospitals. But target income from the hospitals is pegged only at P356.934 million or P46.072 million short. The P46.072 million is part of the P175 million subsidy of the provincial government to run the hospitals.

The bigger part of the subsidy this year, about P99.957 million belonged to “non-office” accounts, particularly, medicines and medical supplies.  Last year, the budget for this account was only P81 million. The total subsidy was also only P150 million.

Zubiri said they were able to identify where to source the short from other accounts. He cited that the payment from Valencia City for the premiums for the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation of enrolees from the city will form part to fill the lacking fund.

He said the remedy came out after he held a meeting with officials from the Provincial Economic Enterprise Development and Management Office and the chief of hospitals.  (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News)