Pharmaceutical Division

General Functions:

  • Improve the supply side access to quality essential medicines.
  • Ensure rational use of medicines by prescribers, dispensers and patients.
  • Institutionalize transparency and good governance in the pricing and procurement of medicines.
  • Ensure adequate health system support for the implementation of the “The Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act”, otherwise known as Republic Act 9502 and Philippine Medicines Policy.


1. Policy, Planning, Program Development and Research Unit (PPPDRU)

Specific Functions

  • Undertakes and manages researches to gather evidence for medicines policy formulation.
  • Formulates framework, drafts policies and issue program guidelines that are pertinent to the management and access.
  • Updates the Division on recent developments in pharmaceutical policy implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Builds the capabilities of the Units for informed policy analysis, comprehensive strategic planning and evidenced-based evaluation of all programs of the Division.
  • Oversees the strategies and annual planning budgeting/ programming of the Division in general and the Division in particular.
  • Reviews and updates the Philippine Medicine Policy (PMP).
  • Manages the Philippine National Formulary System (PNFS), Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) program, advisory council for the implementation of RA 9502 and patient forum on access to medicines.
  • Manages Researches related to the whole of Drug Management (Selection, Procurement, Storage/ Warehousing, Rational Use, Monitoring and Evaluation, AMR, Pricing, Improved Access, among others)

2. System Support Unit (SSU)

Specific Functions

  • Acts as support for the procurement of medicines for Medicine Access Programs (MAPs).
  • Acts as support for the distribution of medicines for the MAPs.
  • Acts as clearing house for medicine procurement.
  • Implements the programs on Drug Price Monitoring and Regulation (e.g. Drug Price Reference Index (DPRI) and Electronic Drug Price Monitoring System (EDPMS)).
  • Develops, produces and disseminates information, education and communication (IEC) materials.

3. Program Implementation and Monitoring Unit (PIMU)

Specific Functions

  • Provides technical assistance to all levels of Health Care (CHD, PHO, MHO and Hospitals) on overall implementation of the Medicine Access Programs (MAPs) and Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Management.
  • Monitors the utilization and movement of medicines under MAPs, National Tuberculosis Program (NTP), Family Planning (FP) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
  • Conducts regular assessment of the program together with the concerned stakeholders.
  • Conducts random monitoring and evaluation of the program implemented by the regional pharmaceutical unit.
  • Provides accomplishment reports to the Pharmaceutical Division’s Director.
  • Prepares allocation and distribution list of medicines for all MAPs Program based on demand.
  • Provides secretariat and technical support to the Supply Chain Management Unit (SCMU).
  • Oversees the functions of the Public Health Pharmacists


Last Updated: October 2, 2017