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  DOST Secretary Estrella F. Alabastro (center) and DOST ALS Dir. Elizabeth Fontanilla (5th from the L) launched the BOTIKA NG BAYAN SA DOST with DOSTwide Employees’ Associations Presidents (L-R) Arlene Centeno – STII; Rodel Lara – SIKAT; Rosemarie Olaer – TAPI; Jowi Carteciano – NRCP; (R-L) Teresita Bonifacio – ITDI; Ampy Olarte – SEI; Vilma Rosa Borja – PCASTRD; and Albert Mariño – PCIERD.  PGEA National President Esperanza Ocampo (6th from the L) and PITC Pharma Inc. President Rolando Bautista (5th from the R) and PITC Pharma Inc. Vice President Jose Cortez (partly hidden R) witnessed the launching ceremonies.

 DOST Secretary Alabastro launched the Botika ng Bayan sa DOST (BnB sa DOST) last February 16, 2009.


Botika ng Bayan is President Arroyo's program of providing cheap and quality medicine to the Filipinos. DOST is the first government agency to adopt the program to benefit the entire system.


BnB sa DOST is a collaborative project of the DOST Management and the DOSTwide Employees’ Associations. It aims to make low priced medicines easily accessible to all DOST employees and in the future to the people of the communities around of the Bicutan Science Community.


DOST Secretary Alabastro said that this project will surely help maintain the “well being of the mind and body” of the entire DOST manpower in its 21 attached agencies.  At affordable prices, maintenance drugs for hypertension, diabetes, and other age related ailments would be readily available to the officials and rank-and-file of the department, she added.


On the other hand, the presidents of the 21 DOST Agencies employees’ associations were grateful to Secretary Alabastro and to her management team, particularly to DOST ALS Elizabeth Fontanilla and DOST ASEC Mario P. Bravo, for the logistical and financial support extended for the project’s initial phase.


National President Esperanza Ocampo of the Philippine Government Employees’ Associations and President Rolando Bautista of the PITC Pharma Inc. helped facilitate the implementation of this DOST project.


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