MANILA - Five cities and municipalities received awards and cash prizes Wednesday for implementing the most innovative and best health care programs in the country.
Kidapawan City, Vigan City, Tacurong City, and the municipalities of San Felipe in Zambales and Cabatuan in Iloilo won this year’s Champions for Health Governance Awards.
“All of us in this room share the dream that all of our people have equal access to health care,” Vice President Leni Robredo said in her keynote message.
"We need more leaders like you who are committed to getting things done... We need passionate leaders like you who focus on the last, the least and the lost of our people, and make sure that no one is left behind," she said.
Tacurong City won the award for the third time after it beefed up its senior citizens data base to identify which medical needs should be prioritized for its elderly constituents.
Health workers who have rendered 5 years of service in Tacurong City were also recommended for civil service eligibility so that they could become regular government employees.
Kidapawan City was, meanwhile, recognized for its “911 Rescue Center,” equipped with doctors and nurses who could be deployed to emergency situations around the city.
Vigan City scored the award for its programs on mental health, HIV, maternal and natal health, while zero maternal deaths and 24/7 government health care facilities in the municipalities of San Felipe in Zambales and Cabatuan, Iloilo earned them the recognition.
Each of the 5 winners received P100,000 to further improve their respective health care programs.
Health care programs of the following local government units were named as finalists:
- San Gabriel, La Union
- Kapangan, Benguet
- Mina, Iloilo
- Concepcion, Iloilo
- San Remigio, Cebu
ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTH SERVICES AN ELUSIVE DREAM
The recently-passed Universal Health Care Law could only be successfully implemented if the national government would “capacitate our people on the ground,” Robredo said.
“While we recognize your achievements, we cannot deny the unfortunate reality that access to quality, basic medical services remain an elusive dream for Filipinos,” she said.
“This advocacy goes beyond any political color and affiliation. If anything, this should unite us. Magkakampi po tayo lahat dito,” she said.
Good governance is key to addressing the country's health woes, Health Dir. Eric Tayag told ABS-CBN News.
"Doon lahat nag-uumpisa: ang plano, paano isasagawa ang plano, paano gagastusan ito, paano malalaman ang dapat gawin," he said.
(Everything starts there: planning, how to implement, how to fund, how to identify what needs to be done.)
"Kailangan malinaw na malinaw sa baba na aalamin nila what is happening sa community because each community would be different from other communities in the Philippines," he said.
(Local governments need to have a very clear idea of the needs of their communities because each community would be different from other communities in the Philippines.)