Doctors to the Barrios (DTTB)
23 October 2021
Healthy Pilipinas

What is the basis for distributing/allocating and re-allocating of Medical Pool item?a. On geographical location: far-flung or hard to reach areas in the catchment of the DOH hospitals as determined by the CHDs and approved by the Undersecretary of Health.

b. On Hospital Development Plan: Hospital Development Plan of the health facility concerned in consonance with the National Hospital Development Plan.

How can the LGU avail of the program?The Center for Health Development (CHDs), through the Human Resource Development Unit (HRDU) shall submit to the HHRDB a list of areas qualified to be recipients of a DTTB. This shall be supported with the written request in the form of a resolution passed by the Local Health Board and the Sanguniang Bayan approved by the Local Chief Executive.

What are the qualifications of a DTTB volunteer?The minimum requirements for applicants to the program shall be the following:

a. Licensed Doctor of Medicine.

b. Bonafide Filipino citizen.

Physically and mentally fit.

Certified to be of good moral character.

Willing to work in depressed and hard to reach areas for two (2) years.

Interested in community health. Not more than 50 years old.

Who are qualified to avail of physicians items under the program?a. For the Medical Officer III items, Local Government Hospitals who are sending their permanent medical staff for training, other government physicians who have rendered substantial services for the country and those government representatives endorsed by public officials for meritorious accomplishments.

b. For Medical Specialist that will augment the medical specialty needs of a government hospitals, they must be Filipino Citizen, Fellow/Diplomat of the relevant accredited specialty society or board eligible as endorsed by the accredited specialty society.

What is the scope of the program? How can the hospitals avail of the program?The program is for all government hospitals, national or local, which are requesting for augmentation of their Medical Specialist II cadre and replacement of their Medical Officer III items undergoing training.

What are the available areas for deployment? What are the categories of these areas?The following areas will be given priority:

a. Depressed, unserved/underserved, hard to reach and critical 5th and 6th class municipalities without doctors for at least two(2) years.

b. Depressed, unserved/underserved, hard to reach and critical 5th and 6th class municipalities with MHO/RHP on study leave.

c. 3rd and 4th class municipalities needing additional doctors to achieve the doctor to population. (1:20,00)

What is the objective of the program?a. To ensure quality health care service to depressed, marginalized and underserved areas through the deployment of competent and community-oriented doctors.

b. To effect changes in the approach to health care delivery by the stakeholders in

How many years can a hospital avail of DOH medical pool items?a. For Medical Specialist II, it is renewable yearly for a maximum of three (3) years. The renewal shall be based on satisfactory performance. Within the period of three (3) years the recipient hospitals shall device measures on how to provide a regular hospital item for possible absorption of the medical specialist after its termination.

b. For Medical Officer III that is being used for replacing LGU physicians it is renewable yearly corresponding to the length of the residency training program of the doctor being replaced. For specialty training, it is renewable yearly corresponding to the specified training program requirements where the trainee is undergoing training.

What are the benefits of a DTTB volunteer?The DTTB shall receive the following:

a. Receive a salary equivalent of salary grade 24 (P24,000.00+++)

b. Representation Allowance

c. Magna Carta for Health Workers

d. Continuing Medical Education

e. Opportunity to travel

f. Opportunity to Postgraduate studies

What is the objective of the program?The general objective is to provide the country with competent Medical Human Resource who will render quality medical care to patients. The specific objectives are:

a. To provide Medical Officer III replacements for provincial and district hospitals who are sending their service residents for training.

b. To augment the Medical Specialist human resource needed in government/public hospitals.

c. To provide items for residency training to identified physicians who have rendered government service.