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Local officials, barangay leaders oriented on Universal Health Care law

by PIA4A
September 14, 2019

DOH Region IV-A Local Health System Coordinator encourages participants of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Orientation and Crash Course for leaders of Sangguniang Bayan and Sangguniang Panlalawigan and Association of Barangay Captain (ABC) Presidents to voice out their concerns during the forum held in Mandaluyong City on August 12-16, 2019 (Photo from Glen S. Ramos/DOH Region IV-A


CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, Sept. 12 (PIA)--The Department of Health (DOH) Region IV-A has intensified its efforts in reaching out to local government officials to educate them on their roles in the implementation of the government's Universal Health Care (UHC) program.

From August 12-16, the DOH Region IV-A recently conducted an orientation for the members of Sangguniang Bayan and Panlungsod, Sangguniang Panlalawigan, and Association of Barangay Captains from Batangas and Quezon.

In a statement, Regional Director Educardo Janairo emphasized that political leadership and support of all local leaders are among the significant factors to be considered to fully achieve the beneficial purpose of the program.

“We will continue our advocacy campaign for UHC and provide a forum for all stake holders. local leaders, especially in the pilot areas, on the objectives and provisions of UHC and how important their role in the success of its implementation at the grass roots level,” Janairo said.

Republic Act 11223 also known as the UHC Law is defined as access to the full range of the most appropriate health care and technology for all Filipinos at the lowest possible price including social health protection.

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According to Regional UHC Point Person Dr. Monica Jennifer B. Victorino, the UHC advocacy team will continue to reach out to all local government unit leaders and inform them on how they can benefit in the various health system reforms under the UHC.

“They are the recipient of health care services and it is important that they recognize their role in the service delivery network under the proposed province or city-wide health system which will deliver the required health care services for their constituents.”

“It is very important that all issues and concern regarding the implementation of UHC must be resolved and all stakeholders will come into an agreement and convey their support towards the implementation, institutionalization and sustainability of the in their respective provinces,” she explained.

Janairo said the DOH Region IV-A has been conducting a regionwide advocacy, planning and workshop for local chief executives together with their local health officers.

He assured that inequities in LGU health services, including human resource for health, health services, medicines and equipment will be addressed under the UHC program.

Batangas and Quezon are among the provinces chosen by the DOH as pilot areas in the implementation of the UHC. (PIA/DOH IV-A)

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