PIA Press Release
Monday, January 30, 2012
Kalinga holds 1st Health Forumby Geraldine G. Dumallig
TABUK CITY, Kalinga ,Jan. 30(PIA) -- The provincial government here recently held the first Health Forum in the provinbce to create a venue for health officials and local chief executives to meet, discuss and polish the province’s health program towards the achievement of its commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
In his message delivered by Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Kristian Wandag, Governor Jocel Baac underscored the need for the health officials to give focus to MGD’s major goals where they are the lead sector such as the reduction of child mortality, improve maternal health, end the cases of major diseases like malaria, and reducing hunger especially among the poor in the province to achieve 2015 MGD goals.
There is a need for a concerted effort to meet the province’s MDG target, he said stressing that this may be in terms of policy, financial support and proper implementation of health programs by the concerned agencies and local government units.
With the devolution of the health department, local officials and the concerned agencies need to work as partners, he said.
The policy and financial support should be comprehensive to strengthen service delivery, health care financing, health regulations, governance, health human resources, and health information system, he added.
Tabuk City Mayor Ferdinand Tubban also gave emphasis on the role and support of local officials in the proper and successful implementation of health programs.
Aside from the health officials, the LGU executive and legislative departments should also be aware and knowledgeable of the actual health status, situation and needs of their constituents to be able to formulate the appropriate policies and provide the needed financial support to address effectively their people’s concerns,he pointed out.
He commended the hard work and efforts of the health sector for continuously delivering and bringing closer to the people the government’s health services, saying that their role is vital in achieving development and progress since ‘healthy people build strong communities.’
During the event, LGU officials, key health representatives and League of Municipality of the Philippines (LMP) Executive Director Li-an De Leon signed a manifesto of commitment on LMP Continuing Program on Health.
Kalinga Provincial Health Officer Romulo Gaerlan provided the group a glimpse of the provincial health situation during the event. other topics discussed during the forum include ‘Lokal na pamahalaan tungo sa Kalusugan Pangkalahatan’ by LSuD, CHD-CAR Division Chief Dr, Amelita Pangilinan, while DOH Bureau of Local Health Development, OIC Director Juan Antonio Perez dicussed ‘Kahalagaan ng PIPH/CIPH and AOP implementation’ and ‘Pagpapaayos at pagpapaunlad ng mga pasilidad pangkalusugan sa lokal na pamahalaan.’
Perez, represented Asec. Enrique Tayag, the DOH Assistant Secretary for Northern and Central Luzon Area Cluster, during the event. (GGD, PIA-CAR, Kalinga)