DOH-CHD Region 4-Calabarzon – The Center for Health Development (CHD) of the Department of Health (DOH) released recently the nationwide Health Report Card, a tool used in tracking the progress of health reform implementation among local government units (LGUs), including cities, nationwide.
In the report received by Rizal Gov. Jun Ynares who is a doctor by profession and who prioritizes health in his 12-point development agenda for the province, the DOH noted the consistency of the province in its performance on health reform.
Rizal landed in the top 10 performers nationwide by registering output indicators above the national average on the number of fully immunized child (FIC), protein energy malnutrition (PEM), and in the number of sanitary toilets.
According to the health department, there were continuing improvements in service delivery, regulation and financing on health reforms nationwide. From a low of 8% for budget allocation by LGUs in 2006, the figure jumped to 11.57% in 2010 while appropriations under the LGUs’ maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) for health increased from 20% to 25.7% for the same period. This shows a continuing increase in local financing by LGUs nationwide for health programs.
It would be recalled that Rizal Gov. Jun Ynares has been named as the health reform champion in the Calabarzon region by the DOH-CHD Region 4A, while the province continues to harvest awards and recognitions for its health programs that included PhilHealth universal coverage for underprivileged families of the province like farmers, barangay health workers and fisherfolks; as well as on the anti-TB and deworming programs. (Rizal Public Information Office)