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DOH conducts joint meeting on health in Ifugao

by Jina Shirley G. Dacmay

LAGAWE, Ifugao (4 April) -- To improve the quality and efficiency of investments for health reforms particularly the marginalized groups in Ifugao, a joint meeting with the National Implementation Coordinating Team (NITC), Regional Implementation Coordinating Team (RICT) and the Local Implementation Coordinating Team (LICT) for the “FOURmula 1” for Health Program was conducted, here.

Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health (DOH) Dr. Mario Villaverde said this initiative of the DOH in trying to come up with a framework for critical health reforms for the health sector in the country will bring more efficiency and effectiveness of quality health services on the four areas in: Health Care Financing; Health Service Delivery; Health Regulation; and Health governance.

“We are working on an approach on how health services be implemented in a harmonious and integrated manner with stakeholders and non- government organizations and especially to the beneficiaries”, he said.

Specifically, he said this will reduce transaction cost of managing investments. It will further reduce duplication and overlaps with existing government programs and systems and ensure sustainability of health reforms from the national down to the local level.

ASEC Villaverde said their visit to the province further establish rapport with partners in the health sector including private health practitioners and at the same time it is to provide information and updates for changes in the improvement of the Provincial Investment Plan for Health (PIPH) which will be the basis for implementation of health programs in the province.

Further, it serves as venue for the national and regional teams to discuss the flow of resources, seek ideas, resolve issues and concerns on “fourmula I’ for a smoother implementation. While in the province health structures will also be visited to see how they could be linked with other health providers.

The birthing of the PIPH, according to Dra. Jackie Kitong of the Integrated Provincial Hospital (IPHO) here, was a very difficult task because of the changes made even after the plan’s finalization but acknowledged that the result is rewarding.

Dra. Mary Jo Dulawan, Provincial Health Officer said Ifugao is blessed because it is one of the pilot provinces which will avail of assistance from foreign partners in health for development.

As of press time, groundwork for the launching of the program is being finalized by IPHO but hopes to launch the program after elections this May 2007. (PIA Ifugao) [top]

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