The Department of Health (DOH) has announced the biggest deployment this month of 73 doctors to far-flung and doctorless municipalities.
Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona said they were sending physicians to identified priority areas or the so-called 5th and 6th class municipalities to improve access to quality health care service.
The biggest deployment of Doctors to the Barrios (DTTB) Program Batch 29 will be assigned in Northern Mindanao (12), Eastern Visayas (10), Western Visayas (seven), ARMM (seven), Ilocos (six), Cagayan Valley (five), MIMAROPA (five), CAR (four), Central Visayas (four), Zamboanga Peninsula (three), Central Luzon (two), CALABARZON (two), Bicol Region (two), CARAGA (two), Davao (one) and SOCCSKSARGEN (one).
Since 1993, 28 batches have been deployed with 553 physicians serving 390 hard-to-reach and far flung municipalities in 16 regions.
Among the regions with the most number of DTTBs previously assigned were in Eastern Visayas (84), Cordillera Administrative Region (70), and Southern Tagalog- MIMAROPA (67).
“These physicians of the DTTB program will not only provide health services but will also serve as health leaders and managers who will spearhead the implementation of health programs in the community”, Ona said.
These 73 doctors are the so-called scholars who finished medical school with the help of the Pinoy MD Medical Scholarship Program and the First Gentleman Foundation.
They will receive attractive incentive package which includes a competitive salary and Magna Carta benefits and other bonuses.
Also, the DOH partnered with the Development Academy of the Philippines in developing the Master in Public Management Major in Health System and Development Course specifically tailored for DTTBs in recognition of the learning opportunities deeply embedded in the Program.
The course provides the DTTBs academic and technical support for the duration of the Program and enables them to earn a degree after finishing the program.