The Civil Service Commission (CSC) recently entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Health (DOH) for the establishment of Botika para sa Taumbayan (BPT) outlets in government offices nationwide.
Patterned after the DOH’s Botika ng Barangay, BPT outlets will retail affordable, high quality medicines to both state workers and the agency’s transacting public.
CSC Chair Francisco T. Duque III said that aside from assisting the government in improving access to low-cost quality medicines, this move is in line with the CSC’s commitment to institutionalize workplace harmony and wellness in the public sector.
“A healthy body and a sound mind is part of the success equation of workplace productivity. Thus, we at the CSC are continuously finding ways to provide additional health benefits for state workers,” Duque said.
Under the MOA, the DOH will provide the CSC an initial P15 million worth of medicines. The CSC will then identify 300 government agencies to receive P50,000.00 worth of medicines each from the seed fund to start the BPT outlet.
The CSC and its identified recipients will work hand in hand to comply with DOH policies and requirements for the establishment and operation of the BPT outlets in government offices.