* Its good to hear, that on some areas, the “Botika Ng Bayan” has been working well. Here in Bacoor, though, that has not been the case. The “Botika Ng Bayan” right beside the Bacoor Police Station seems to be sparsely stocked, & I frankly haven’t seen it open. Maybe it hasn’t opened yet. 😀
* But the bottomline, is that the people here have not had the same kind access to that drugstore as other places have been, & I hope to see that change soon, especially in the light of the benefits they are promising to offer. This is also one good way to make the economic gains of the country be felt by less privilleged sectors of our society.
* And the benefits of this “Botika Ng Bayan” is quite substantial, promising a 40-50% savings for each drug, making them more accessible to the poor. They have an aggressive expansion plan, targetting a total of 2,000 “Botika Ng Bayan” & 11,000 “Botika Ng Baranggay” outlets (from the current 1,300 & 7,000, respectively) for 2007, so expect to see one soon in your neighborhood.
* I hope the concept won’t fall prey to corruption & mismanagement, & will meet it goals of delivering cheap, quality medicine to the people. I think one formula that will help achieve this would be to follow the setup discussed in the article: Use organizations like “Coops For Christ” as BNB outlets. The word “Christ” in any organization hopefully will most of the time translate to less or no corruption, & at least some level of competence for these organizations.