Patients’ Meal Subsistence
Last 31 August 2017, PIAO spearheaded, in a collaboration with the Provincial Accountant’s Office and Provincial Treasurer’s Office, a 2-hour orientation activity for Hospital Patients’ Meal Subsistence (PMS) Special Disbursing Officers (SDOs) with the objective of streamlining the process of grant, utilization and liquidation of cash advance for PMS in pursuit to improve the health care services in the nine provincially owned and managed hospitals.
The orientation activity started at 2 o’clock in the afternoon wherein the first half hour was for the registration and settling down of the attendees; SDOs representing each of the nine provincially owned and managed hospitals, representatives from the Provincial Health Office and Provincial Budget Office, speakers from the Provincial Accountant’s Office and Provincial Treasurer’s Office and PIAO Internal Auditors. A smooth flow of discussion ensued explaining the procedures to be followed, forms to be used by the SDOs and other relevant matters for the grant, utilization and liquidation of cash advance hand in hand with the recent increase in the daily per capita meal budget of patients from ?50.00 to ?150.00 in compliance to DOH Administrative Order No. 2016-0020. Along with the increase tailored to provide a healthy and nutritious diet to in-patients is to ensure proper accountability and propriety of disbursements which was addressed by the orientation. All the participants actively participated and raised their questions, concerns and clarifications. All things considered, minor changes were effected in the guidelines as what has come into agreement by the participants.
Improvement of the health care services in the nine provincially owned and managed hospitals is a long way and not a walk in the park process. The conducted orientation activity is only one of the steps to its achievement. Cooperation and a helping hand of all offices concerned is the key to provide the quality and efficient health care services to the constituents of Camarines Sur.
By: Zenaida G. Tria