The Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP) recently proposed the nation-wide expansion of its Medical Outreach Centers (MOC) during its Executive Board Meeting at the VFP Headquarters in Ermita, Manila on 18 June 2018.
VFP Executive Vice-President (EVP) Raul S. Urgello initiated the move to further the VFP’s efforts to reach out to our veterans residing in far flung provinces by adding seven (7) more MOCs to the seven (7) existing MOCs of the Filipino War Veterans Foundation, Inc. (FILVETS). The expansion aims to build one MOC per region for convenient access to our veterans across the country, especially those living in remote areas.
EVP Urgello, who is also the Executive Director of FILVETS, also suggested that the Board draft a resolution requiring proper prescriptions prior to the issuance of medicines to the veterans per district or post. Through the resolution, the veterans are obligated to undergo medical consultation under any VFP MOCs or accredited hospitals so that they are able to get the appropriate medicines for their condition. Notably, veterans residing within NCR and outlying areas are able to get free medicines and medical services from the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC).
The proposal and resolution not only aims to make MOCs accessible nation-wide, but it also tailor-fits the medical prescriptions for the veterans in order to address their ailments and avoid wastage of funds and medicines. This will ultimately correct the wrong practice in the past where medicines that require doctor’s prescription are uniformly distributed to veterans members.