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Stella Quimbo explains frustration with DOH’s unused billions

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Stella Quimbo explained why she was just fuming to hear that the Department of Health sat on billions of pesos in funding when it was needed the most.

“There were unobligated funds that should have benefited private & public healthcare workers,” the Marikina congresswoman said, citing the findings of the Commission on Audit.

She said that while lawmakers like her were desperately lobbying for the economic team to find money, DOH apparently had an excess of P11.8 billion. “Talagang hindi man lang pinagplanuhan ang paggamit ng pondo,” she told ANC.

“Passing Bayanihan 3 will secure funds to provide our HCWs with their well-deserved benefits. Let’s protect our frontliners,” Quimbo added.