By Raymund Antonio
The best practices of various local government units on public health could be adopted and turned into policies by the national government to deliver crucial health services for Filipinos, Vice President Leni Robredo said.
Robredo, whose key advocacies include healthcare, made the statement when five cities and municipalities received awards for implementing the most innovative and effective health programs in their respective areas.
“Your best practices could, one day, turn into policies. These could, one day, become the norm and would benefit countless others beyond your constituencies,” she said.
The cities of Kidapawan, Vigan, and Tacurong City, as well as the municipalities of San Felipe in Zambales and Cabatuan in Iloilo, which won this year’s Champions for Health Governance Award, earned praises from Robredo.
The Vice President graced on Wednesday the CHG awarding ceremony at the Quezon City Reception House, where she was the keynote speaker.
Robredo lauded these LGUs for “breaking ground and innovating the way we deliver our services to our people.”
“All of you here today are fighting to change the norm: by committing to good governance and by sharing your best practices for others to follow. It is my hope that projects like these would further multiply, benefiting more of our kababayans, especially those who need it the most,” Robredo said.
“We need more leaders like you, who are committed to getting things done, even when things seem impossible to achieve. 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 added.
With the recently passed Universal Healthcare Act, Robredo said the implementation of the law could only be successful if the government would “capacitate our people on the ground.”
“To do this, we need the help of our local government units and all stakeholders. Together, we can make this into reality,” Robredo said.
Kidapawan City won the award for its “911 Rescue Center” that responds to emergency situations while Vigan City was recognized for its health program to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS and mental health.
The maternal and child care programs and 24/7 health care facilities in San Felipe, Zambales and Cabatuan, Iloilo earned them the recognition.
Each of the five winners received a cash incentive of P100,000 for its health care programs.
The other five finalists for the 2019 CHG included San Remigio, Cebu; municipalities of Mina and Concepcion, both in Iloilo; San Gabriel, La Union; and Kapangan, Benguet.