Photo Release

December 20, 2017

2018 GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed into law the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) on December 19, 2017. Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, said that among the highlights of the 2018 GAA is the increased budget for the Department of Health (DOH) to provide additional funding for medical assistance program for indigent patients, additional medicine for cancer patients and Health Facilities Enhancement Program, among others. It also ensures universal healthcare coverage under PhilHealth as well as additional Php3.5 Billion for health insurance of government employees under the Executive Department. Also in photo are (clockwise): Senators Joseph Victor Ejercito, Richard Gordon and Sherwin Gatchalian, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III. (Photo courtesy of PCOO)