An article, relating the DAP (budget from the government) to the RN Heals program..i really had no idea at first, i had to call my dad to ask something about DAP.. Thanks to him he is just a call away..haha (Happy Father's Day!) so here it goes..i just want to share it because i was so stressed i was only given 15 minutes to finish it. ASAP is a word i often hear and read from messages sent to me nowadays... o_O stay cool and keep calm everyone..=)
The Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) encompasses the stimulus package under the Aquino administration designed to fast track public spending and pushes economic growth. This covers high impact budgetary programs and projects which will be augmented out of the savings generated during the year and additional revenue sources.
The Department of Health (DOH) aligned with the goal of Kalusugan Pangkalahatan in its aim to achieve development and poverty reduction, rapid increase in the Philhealth enrollment, improved access to quality hospitals and health care facilities and attainment of health related Millenium Development Goals, was a beneficiary of the DAP program that paved way for health programs specifically, the RN HEALS project.
Anent to this, the Project Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Service and Rural Health Midwives Placement last year 2012 is a tangible evidence to support local health systems development to achieve the DOH thrusts of Universal Health Care. The DOH Deployment program deploys doctors, nurses and midwives to DOH hospitals and communities. This is in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Professional Regulatory Commission – Board of Nursing (PRC-BON) and Philippine Nurses Association (PNA). It is designed to create a pool of registered nurses with enhanced clinical and public health management competencies.
The Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital (DJNRMH) established in 1940, being strategically located, is now considered as the premier hospital for leprosy patients in Central Luzon, and also one of the best government owned and operated secondary general health care facility in the northern part of Metropolitan Manila after Republic Act 9420 was passed April 10, 2007, which converted the 200 beds of the sanitarium to general health services, the hospital then operating with a dual mandate. Being as such, the hospital must continue to upgrade its facilities and enhance the capability of its personnel to meet the increasing demand for quality health care in the area.
In 2012, DOH deployed 52 RN Heals that helped the hospital in delivering quality healthcare services; implement enhanced nursing workforce, improve current nurse to patient ratio in accordance to DOH standard staffing patterns and more importantly, support the DOH in the attainment of Universal Healthcare or Kalusugan Pangkalahatan.
In the annual program review held at DJNRMH, the RN Heals batch II was able to accomplish and attain the objectives of the program. In addition, it paved way for increase in the hospital statistics and patient satisfaction due to availability of healthcare providers in the various medical wards. Community awareness and activities were also the highlights of the deployment project. It enhanced the collaboration with stakeholders and community.
Thru this, the DAP subsidy enhanced augmentation of the human health resource that earmarked the scaling up of public health programs in pursuit of MDGs. It paved way for a better change towards success for the benefit of the country’s poorest of the poor and also for the working status of each DOH healthcare personnel.