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PIA Press Release
2008/11/23

Sec Duque urges media to advance cause of people's health

General Santos City (23 November) -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III appealed to tri-media to help advance the cause of people's health by disseminating the department's various programs.

"I would like to appeal to our friends in the tri-media to please help us disseminate the worthy programs of the DOH with the end in view of advancing the cause of health of our people," he said.

Secretary Duque was the keynote speaker of the first ever held Field Implementation Management Office (FIMO) meeting for Region XII.

He said the importance of the meeting was to make sure that the foundational structure of the "FOURmula 1 for health" will be understood and implemented without hitches.

The FOURmula 1 for health which covers healthcare financing, health service delivery, good governance, and regulations is poised to address the various health issues as translated in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Duque explained that DOH convened all its top officials and regional directors to discuss strategies on how to better improve delivery of government health services for the Filipinos.

He pointed out that DOH is also mandated to attain the MDG target by coming up with various health programs and projects.

Among these health programs and initiatives are: facilitate access of cheap medicines to the poor; attain the universal health insurance coverage of PhilHealth; establish more Botika ng Barangay (BnB); reduce maternal and child mortality rates by addressing health concerns of women and children and strengthening the nutritional needs of pregnant women and lactating mothers; and increase the numbers of primary and secondary hospitals through the health facilities upgrade program of the department.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, according to him has considered health service as priority need thus allocating huge fund to improve the capacity of primary and secondary hospitals to be able to give quality services to patients.

With this, he also lauded the PhilHealth coverage in SocSarGen specifically General Santos City for its strong advocacy on health insurance saying the local government's initiative is at its best.

"Kami ay natutuwa dahil dito sa Socsargen-- sa Gensan ay maganda ang kanilang PhilHealth coverage at nagpapasalamat kami sa pamunuan ng Gensan dahil sa kanilang advocacy on health insurance syempre kasama din dito ang kampanya natin upang mapadami ang bilang ng botika ng barangay," Duque told media and government officials and employees.

The Secretary also revealed that some 350 BnBs are expected to be established in Socsargen in the near future.

South Cotabato First District Representative Darlene Antonino-Custodio, City Mayor Pedro Acharon, and Sarangani Gov. Migs Dominguez were in attendance to rally their support of DOH programs.

"We cannot survive without the support of our local chief executives their presence gives the DOH the confidence that the executives and the entire LGU are in support of the worthy programs of the DOH," Duque said. (PIA SarGen) [top]

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