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‘Di dapat tipirin! Stella Quimbo wants additional P1B for DOH’s mental health program

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Marikina Rep. Stella Quimbo has urged Congress to add P1 billion to the Department of Health’s (DOH) budget for 2021 for the implementation of its National Mental Health Program.

Quimbo filed House Resolution 1225 along with Quezon City Rep. Bong Suntay seeking an increase in DOH’s 2021 funding.

It was revealed during the DOH budget hearing before the House appropriations committee that the mental health budget for next year is a meager P615 million or about P5.69 per Filipino.

“Ano man ang panahon, kabilang na ang kinakaharap na pandemya, matatanda o bata man, apektado ang mental health. Dagdag stress ang kawalan ng trabaho, pagkalugi ng negosyo, at takot sa COVID-19. Karamihan, lalo na ang mga kabataan ay palaging online at tutok sa social media, na siyang maaaring trigger din ng depression,” Quimbo said.

At least 134 lawmakers have expressed their intent to be co-authors of HR 1225.