Department of Health Officer-in-Charge Dr. Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire, together with Undersecretary Eric Tayag, Center for Health Development Region III Regional Director Dr. Corazon Flores, and other DOH Officials today joined the Bataan Health Summit 2023 in Balanga City, Bataan with the theme “Bridging People Through Universal Health Care in Building a Healthier Bataan”.
OIC Vergeire highlighted that the realization of Universal Health Care ensures delivery of quality healthcare to every Juan and Juana, regardless of their income, race, ethnicity, or geographical location. Together with Bataan Governor Hon. Jose Enrique S. Garcia III, the OIC pledged to support the further development of health systems and services as a response to the concerns of the different municipalities within Bataan in implementing UHC law.
Further, the Health Chief propelled the improvement of primary care service delivery as a commitment towards the achievement of UHC and health equity.
“We enjoin Bataan to champion health systems strengthening initiatives to ensure unhampered access to health services, especially in our far flung areas. We encourage Bataan to develop more primary care facilities and specialty centers based on the Philippine Health Facilities Development Plan. In addition, we enjoin Bataan to have their primary care facilities licensed and accredited for PhilHealth KonSulTa and GAMOT, and endeavor pooled procurement to ensure continuous access to medicines.
We look to Bataan, as one of our most advanced LGU in terms of UHC implementation, to champion these reforms that we envision under UHC and our Health Sector Strategy; and to take a more proactive role in implementing the sector’s policies and initiatives. We are ready to extend our support and provide technical assistance to the province.” said OIC Vergeire.