Economy, Health, Education | 07/25/2010 12:12 AM
We will focus investment expenditure in the very urgent need to invest in education (especially in early childhood education) and in health.
The Aquino campaign platform: Action plans on Economy
Promise 7: Streamlining of the government bureaucracy
Promise 10: Target key industries with greatest potential for growth
Promise 13: Promote technical and vocational education
July 10, 2012: The Aquino administration is proposing a P2.006 trillion budget for fiscal year 2013, or 10.5 percent or about P190 billion higher than last year’s budget. Social services still take up the biggest portion of the budget. Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said 34.8 percent or P698.4 billion of the proposed budget has been allotted for social service delivery agencies such as the Department of Education, the DSWD and the Department of Health. (Continue reading)
June 5, 2012: The House-approved budget for 2012 is P238.8 billion, including P2.4 billion for kinder. For 2016, the introduction of grade 11 (HS year 5) has a preliminary estimated cost of P38 billion, assuming all costs are borne by the government (Medium-Term Spending Plan for Basic Education, 2011). DepEd is targeting to involve other stakeholders to generate additional financial resources. (Continue Reading)
Aquino bares plans to improve RP healthcare (pcoo.gov.ph, October 18, 2010)
President Benigno S. Aquino III announced that the Department of Health’s budget will be increased in next year’s General Appropriation Act to ensure that more Filipinos will be provided greater access to healthcare.
In his speech keynoting the joint opening of the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies (IFHNOS) and the Philippine Societies of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (PSO-HNS) conventions at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Pasig City on Sunday, the Chief Executive said the 13.6 percent increase in the DoH’s 2011 budget would be used to increase the coverage of Philhealth “to five million families in three years or less.”
“In the area of healthcare, there is much more that needs to be done, but here is what we have done so far: We have increased the budget of the Department of Health by 13.6 percent next year. Much of that money will go to public health centers,” the President said. (Continue reading)
Health | 07/25/2010 12:18 AM
An Aquino administration will achieve Universal Health Care in three years or less.
The Aquino administration will go beyond ensuring that each Filipino has a PhilHealth card. Universal Health Care should mean that every PhilHealth cardholder will get not merely the card; but more important, the essential health services, basic medicines and appropriate quality health care.
The Aquino administration will also direct PhilHealth to expand outpatient health care benefits as required by law.
The Aquino administration will work with LGUs and the private health sector to make sure that accredited services are available in hospitals and clinics everywhere
"We will go beyond ensuring that each Filipino has a PhilHealth card. Universal Health Care should mean that every PhilHealth cardholder will get not merely the card; but more important, the essential health services, basic medicines and appropriate quality health cards,” Aquino said in the Universal Health Care Forum at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.
"Our shared dream of universal health care and the goals we aim for can only be achieved if, together, we stand vigilant and fight corruption – the disease that plagues our government and our society,” Aquino said in the Universal Health Care Forum at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.
July 25, 2012: The Department of Health, together with the Universal Health Care Study Group of the University of the Philippines, and Asia 21 Young Leaders’ Initiative Philippines, launched the Secretary’s Cup, a series of events that aimed to show to the Filipino people what Universal Health Care is all about, and how it can impact the lives of every Filipino. (Continue reading)
July 18, 2012: In support of universal health care, PhilHealth has provided health insurance coverage for all national government-paid 5.2 million poor families and has paid out over P16-billion of benefits and expects to further expand it on the month of July. (Continue reading)
July 9, 2012: OFWs can now ensure better health for their families and enjoy a worry-free stay abroad once they become a member of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). PhilHealth executive officer Eduardo Banzon said at a cost of only P7.50 a day, OFWs and their whole households can be shielded against unforeseen hospital and other medical expenses. (Continue reading)
July 6, 2012: The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has launched a new benefit package for members and qualified dependents. Called "Package Z," it includes four kinds of serious illnesses including breast cancer (stages 0 to III-A), P100,000; prostate cancer (low to intermediate risk), P100,000; acute lymphocyctic leukemia (all stages) in children (standard risk), P210,000; and kidney disease (low risk and end-stage requiring transplant), P600,000. (Continue reading)
January 17, 2012: Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona explained that the DOH is working to further reduce out-of-pocket expenses of Filipinos. (Continue Reading)
October 19, 2011: The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will pay the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) P1.5 billion premiums in arrears covering 2.9 million indigent families... "In support of the President's vision for universal healthcare coverage for all, especially the poor and the vulnerable, we need to settle our obligations with PhilHealth which, if left unpaid, might affect its performance in the long run," Abad said. (Continue Reading)
Health | 07/25/2010 12:19 AM
Our health infrastructure needs a boost given the gaps in health facilities. Beginning at the barangay level we will fund 22,000 more barangay health stations, 3,000 more outpatient Rural Health Units and at least 150 more district hospitals.
This will ensure that health services are not only affordable but also accessible to each family and the whole Filipino community. The Filipino people can expect this from an Aquino administration.
The Aquino administration will implement all the benefits stipulated in the Magna Carta for Public Health Workers. I am prepared to work closely with LGUs to improve their health services.
There should be no lack of medicines and instruments in facilities with quality health providers. The Aquino administration will guarantee that the 100 of the most essential drugs in generics are available in every health facility all the time. The Aquino administration will work with toll manufacturers to ensure that this will be a reality
February 27, 2012: The Department of Budget and Management released P306.6 million to the Department of Health for the upgrade of hospitals and rural health centers around the country. Of the total, P182.7 million will be used for buildings and structure outlay, while P123.9 million will be for expenses related to hospital machinery and equipment. (Continue reading)
September 7, 2011: President Aquino, in his speech during the inauguration of the Mercado de Bais in September 2011, said the Department of Health, with a budget amounting to P10.9B, will roll out infrastructure development projects through its Health Facilities Enhancement Program. (Continue Reading)
Health | 07/25/2010 12:20 AM
To ensure a holistic and comprehensive Health Care System, the Aquino administration will ensure that the national health budget will be at least 5% of the national budget.
The Aquino administration will leverage the national health budget to increase investments in health from the private sector.
To these ends, the Aquino administration will establish a National Health Development Fund.
September 14, 2012: Health Secretary Enrique Ona revealed that of the P56.8 billion budget for the Department of Health, P537 million will be spent on family planning services. (Continue reading)
July 24, 2012: "If we want to achieve our goal of empowering the Filipino people, we must pay special attention to advancing the area of Public Health. As such, this Administration has raised the budget of the DoH by more than 24 percent to P56.8 billion in 2013, from P45.8 billion this year. This surge in healthcare spending is indicative of our commitment to provide all Filipinos with a responsive public health system able to respond to their needs. This Administration is committed to our universal healthcare agenda: Kalusugang Pangkalahatan," said President Aquino in his 2013 Budget Message. (Continue reading)
July 10, 2012: “In terms of the health services, you will see also increasing investments in the government’s universal healthcare program to benefit not just the 5.2 million indigent households with full subsidy for their national health insurance program but we’ve also doubled the subsidy and, if we passed the indexation of sin taxes law which will bring in at its present formulation about P33 billion, then we will be able to cover also an additional 5.5 million of the informal sector families which will also be unprecedented,” said Budget Secretary Florencio Abad. (Continue reading)
Mindanao, Health, Education | 07/25/2010 12:56 AM
I will ensure basic education, health, and sanitation facilities and services for IP communities.
I will look into the immediate situation of security of IP communities in areas of ongoing armed conflict.
June 13, 2013: The Department of Education said it has set aside P100 million to fund the education of indigenous peoples. (Continue reading)
January 13. 2012: The Department of Education (DepEd) announced that it created an office that will implement programs and activities pertaining to the education of indigenous peoples (IPs) in the country. (Continue reading)
Health, Tourism | 07/25/2010 1:29 AM
We will adopt a national sanitation program that will lead to universal access to sanitary toilets. This will improve family and public health, protect the groundwater, lakes, rivers and coastal waters from domestic waste contamination and indirectly, make tourism destinations more attractive and safer.
The Aquino campaign platform: Action plans on Tourism
June 9, 2012: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has purchased four trash boats to collect floating garbage along Manila Bay and its tributaries, and is planning to purchase 20 more, DENR Secretary Ramon Paje announced. (Continue Reading)
April 18, 2012: The Department of Health Center for Health Development-Metro Manila (DOH CHD-MM) directed its efforts in sanitizing and disinfecting facilities at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa as it intensified its campaign on proper sanitation and disinfection of public facilities including public markets, dumpsites, and abattoirs. (Continue Reading)
January 4, 2012: In support of President Aquino’s commitment to ensuring productive and safe urban communities, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released a total of P680 million for various flood control, solid waste management and other urban renewal projects of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). (Continue Reading)
May 18, 2011: Secretary Jesse Robredo of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said local chief executives could face administrative sanctions if they would fail to abide by the provisions of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, particularly on the prohibition of operating open dumpsites. (Continue Reading)
May 6, 2011: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) scored a legal victory for criminal charges filed against three individuals who were caught dumping liquid waste into a canal in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City. (Continue Reading)
April 24, 2011: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is set to provide P1-million fund assistance to local government units to level up solid waste management compliance in Metro Manila. (Continue Reading)
February 17, 2011: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will go after local government units (LGUs) who refuse to comply with Republic Act No. 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. (Continue Reading)
December 28, 2010: The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Health (DOH) and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) agreed to jointly implement President Aquino’s water and sanitation program particularly in waterless municipalities of the country. (Continue Reading)
December 22, 2010: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) was contemplating the imposition of penalties on garbage collectors for not sorting wastes as required by law and as a strategy to encourage the public to segregate their wastes. (Continue Reading)
Health | 07/20/2012 12:22 AM
Aquino, in his speech during the commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan in April 2012, said that a system has been put in place for war veterans to “receive medical benefits much easier;” that is, through accreditation of more hospitals in the country as regional or provincial extensions of the Veteran’s Memorial Medical Center.
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Health, Economy | 07/20/2012 12:28 AM
During the Convention of National Federation of Hog Farmers, Inc. and Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines, Inc. in April 2012, Aquino said the Department of Agriculture, through the National Meat Inspection Service, will put up several triple-A abattoirs or slaughterhouse, and service poultry dressing plants in the country.
“Magtatayo po tayo ng National Meat Inspection Service na may two triple-A (AAA) service abattoir or slaughterhouse ngayon taon sa Timog Luzon. Sa susunod pong taon, magbubukas po tayo ng isa pang triple A service slaughterhouse sa Mindanao at isang triple A service poultry dressing plant sa Luzon, maliban pa sa isa pang triple A service slaughterhouse sa Visayas sa 2014.”
May 06, 2013: The Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines, Inc. supported the Department of Agriculture’s Administrative Order No. 9 which “aims to protect the entire meat industry and address the problem of technical smuggling and fly-by-night importers.” The organization said, “AO No. 9 provides for a minimum capital requirement of P5 million for meat importers. This aims to legitimize the system because there were undercapitalized fly-by-night meat importers in the past who were allowed to operate prior to this new order." (Source: http://nmis.gov.ph/index.php/press-releases/169-2013-news-articles/may-2013-news/540-may-06-2013-no-increase-in-meat-prices)
May 2, 2013: The National Meat Inspection Service joined forces with the Department of Agriculture in the issuance of the Administrative Order 9 which prescribed additional guidelines in accrediting meat importers to promote food safety by “eliminating illegal and fly-by-night meat importers.” According to Dir. Minda S. Manantan, NMIS executive director, the DA-NMIS aims to cleanse and update the list of all accredited meat establishments; hence the compliant and duly accredited ones will not be negatively affected. (Source: http://www.gov.ph/2013/05/02/da-nmis-weeds-out-illegal-meat-importers/)
Health | 07/20/2012 12:33 AM
President Aquino, in his speech at the “Getting to 52 Summit” in April 2012, called for the continued support of the private sector and the government’s development partners, saying this will help in achieving the administration’s objective of reaching the Millenium Development Goal 4 (reduction of child mortality rates) by 2015.
“With the continuous support of the private sector and our development partners, we can achieve MDG 4 by 2015. [...] We are determined to invest more in hospital construction, as well as in human resource development in the field of public medicine.”
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Environment | 07/20/2012 12:45 AM
In his speech during the Labor Day celebrations in May 2012, President Aquino said geo-hazard mapping – efforts to identify areas that pose potential geological hazards to their residents – is currently ongoing, adding that interventions will be enacted to prevent potential disasters.
“Ongoing pa ho iyong tinatawag na geohazard mapping, kung saan lalong tinutukoy ang mga lugar na talagang may kapahamakang puwedeng maidulot sa ating mga kababayan. Pagkatapos po noon, may iba-ibang intervention na gagawin, tulad ng ginagawa ngayong National Greening Program na nagtatanim tayo ng 1.5 billion trees para maibalik ang ating forest cover.”
March 11, 2013: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Mines and Geosciences Bureau IX (MGB) is targeting to end its Geohazard Mapping that started in 2011 by the year 2014. 2014 is the target year to end geo-hazard mapping. (Source: http://www.zamboangatoday.ph/index.php/top-stories/13316-denr-mgb-ix-to-... )