“Ang Universal Health Care ay isang hamon na hindi madaling isakatuparan, pero panggagalingan ito ng lakas at inspirasyon dahil isa itong batas na makakapag - angat sa kabuhayan ng sambayanang Pilipino at kayo ang mga magiging instrumento na siyang magpapatupad ng layunin ng batas na ito (The Universal Health Care law is one big challenge that is not easy to do. But this should be a source of strength and inspiration because this is a law that can uplift the life of the Filipino people and you are the instruments towards the realization of its goals), Duque told the Center for Health and Development – Cordillera family.
Duque outlined that Universal Health Care law aims to ensure healthy and progressive communities throughout the country through equitable access to quality and affordable health goods and services and protection against financial risks.
UHC law is a landmark legislation mainstreaming all health concerns and health laws into one and mainly focuses on improved Philhealth programs and services; service delivery enhancement through the capacitating of health care provider network, and by imposing a whole of society approach – meaning not only government but also private and other health sector are involved.
The Universal Health Care Act was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on February 20, 2019.
The Secretary reminded the DOH – CAR family to work as one, work as an organization that is connected like one living organism and continuously strive for work excellence.
Duque was in town as guest of honor at the Association of Municipal Health Officers of the Philippines national conference at Crown Legacy here last April 5. He also took time to visit the DOH – CAR Regional Office and the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.
In an interview, DOH – CAR OIC Regional Director Amelita Pangilinan said the Implementing Rules and Regulation of the UHC law is now being drafted and hopefully ready by June so that it can be implemented by the second semester of this year. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar