Awesome Abra. Colorful and cheerful dancers during the Abra Kawayan Festival Street Dancing Competition that opening day of the March 5 to 9 Abra Kawayan Festival 2020. All 27 municipalities of Abra send in contingents for the competition. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Educational assistance. OWWA - CAR Regional Director Manuela Peña and OWWA Deputy Administrator Esther Margaux Uson posts with beneficiaries of Tuloy Aral Program, an educational grant for dependents of OFWs who experienced difficult circumstances to ensure that their schooling in public elementary and high schools will continue. The awarding was part of the Reaching Out to OWWA members and beneficiaries at Hotel Supreme, march 10. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Outstanding Women Leaders. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin magalong administers the oath taking of the Outstanding Women Leaders (OWLs) Inc new set of officials, namely: President - Emerita Fuerte, VP - Jennifer Mejia, Secretary: Mary Ann Tresmanio, Treasurer - Maria Christine Ponce Garcia, PRO - Maria Victoria Bugasto, Business Managers - Mila Lingbawan Singson & Jocelyn Mariano and Board of Advisers - Marlene Baltazar De Castro, Patricia Ann Gallardo Marcelo, Perlita Chan Rondez, Leah Fariñas & Imelda DC Bisnar. The City Officials and OWLS also lead the launching of the Kababaihan Festival 2020 during the Flag Raising Ceremony, Monday March 3. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Awesome Abra. Colorful and cheerful dancers during the Abra Kawayan Festival Street Dancing Competition that opening day of the March 5 to 9 Abra Kawayan Festival 2020. All 27 municipalities of Abra send in contingents for the competition. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

United Front vs COVID. DOH - CAR OIC Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan affirms that as of March 13, Cordillera remains zero or no confirmed case of COVID - 19 and there are 12 Person Under Investigation that are admitted to various health facilities, wherein four of the already tested negative. She also calls for public cooperation, as she assured that DOH, along with their partner government agencies and hospitals are ready to respond to any eventuality. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Benguet gears up as UHC integration site

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Jan.6 (PIA) - - The province gears up  in preparation  for the full implementation government’s Universal Health Care program with the province identified as one of the integration sites.


Department of Health Cordillera – Cordillera Officer-in-Charge Dr.  Amelita Pangilinan said the province and  Baguio City are chosen as the integration sites in the Cordillera region due to their readiness in carrying out the UHC program.

The UHC program aims to achieve the transformation of the health system which ensures better access to affordable and quality health care especially the poor. The program will be fully implemented in six years starting with its transition phase this year to prepare for the establishment of the local health system and other relevant components.

Department of Health Cordillera Officer-in-Charge Director Amelita Pangilinan said the Universal Health Care program affirms the HEALTHIER Benguet theme of the province in its recently concluded 119th Founding Anniversary. (SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

During the 2nd Provincial Health Summit attended by various stakeholders, Pangilinan said Benguet will not start from zero as an integration site as it has already taken initial steps with its existing capabilities and attributes .She cited the gains and experiences of the inter-local health zone concept of clustered health facilities and capabilities in the province.  

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Nora Ruiz also spelled out the key features and components the province-wide health system currently has. They are working on  the forging of an agreement formalizing the participation of primary and tertiary health providers and the list of profiled indigent families matched to a Primary Care Provider (PCP).

Under the program, each individual will be assigned a PCP for health needs. In case of higher level health care, it assists patients and their families navigate the local health system. The organized local health system is composed of network of PCPs, public health units in hospitals and apex or the end- referral hospitals.

Pangilinan said in UHC, the dream is for every iBenguet or its people to have a healthy home, school and workplace environment which allows them to choose healthy options. Matched to a PCP team working together to ensure that quality care is delivered at the right place and at the right time, health spending is predictable and will not be forced to financial hardship because adequate and effective safety nets are already in place. This means that those who can’t afford health care will no longer have to hop from one charitable institution to another, she explained.

She stressed that the endeavor is not a work of one agency alone. The DOH and local government units will be responsible for population-based intervention and services such as immunization and health promotion programs, surveillance while Philhealth will be responsible for financing individual-based health services, said Pangilinan.

"UHC is progressive in realization. It will not happen at once or overnight. We are given six years transition phase. If we work as one, we win as one, to borrow the tagline of the just concluded South East Asia games,” she said.

 “We need a group of change agents, reformers, researchers, champions because stakeholders matter,” she said. “I would encourage you to continuously own and co-own UHC and co-create strategies,” she added. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

By Susan C. Aro




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