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DOCTORS
TO THE BARRIOS

 

The Doctors to the Barrios program was created by the DOH in 1993 to address the lack of doctors practicing in rural communities in the Philippines. Since then, 35 batches of doctors have been deployed to various geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas in the Philippines to work in primary care and public health. There are currently 215 doctors serving under the program, deployed everywhere from Batanes to Tawi-tawi.





The devolution of national services in 1991 transferred administrative responsibility over local health units from the Department of Health (DOH) to their respective local government units (LGUs). This left many LGUs, especially those in geographically isolated areas and those with low annual incomes, unable to recruit and hire doctors to work in their municipalities. The Doctors to the Barrios (DTTB) program was created in 1993 to bridge these gaps, aiming to deploy doctors to doctorless municipalities to work as Municipal Health Officers or Rural Health Physicians.

Since the DTTB program was launched, 35 batches of doctors have been deployed to various municipalities in the Philippines, with a priority on municipalities with low incomes, municipalities in geographically isolated areas, and municipalities whose doctor to patient ratio far exceed the recommended ratio of 1:20,000. There are currently 215 doctors serving under the program, deployed everywhere from Batanes to Tawi-tawi.

Career paths for DTTBs after the program include public health research and policy under the Department of Health or other organizations, epidemiology, and residency or further training. A doctor to the barrio may also opt to stay in their assigned municipality and continue providing primary care and public health policies and interventions within their locality.

Benefits of being a DTTB




  • A salary equivalent to Salary Grade 24 (P64,000+)
  • Allowance for board, lodging, and food from your assigned municipality
  • Master’s Degree in Public Management Major in Health Systems and Development from the Development Academy of the Philippines
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  • Opportunities for further training on public health updates
  • Benefits as enumerated in the Magna Carta for Health Workers
  • Hazard pay
  • Representation and transportation allowance
  • Travel, Fun and Service!
 

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