LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 9 (PNA) -- The local government unit (LGU) of Ligao City has been recognized with four awards by the Department of Health in Bicol (DOH-5) for providing quality health care to its constituents, that include ensuring a health program that is most friendly to senior citizens, in awards rites held today in this city.
This annual recognition called the “7th Salud Bikolnon 2016 awards” is given by DOH-5 to its partners, who have performed well in implementing health programs in the city.
Salud is a Bicol term for health.
The awards are focused on the theme: “Gabos Para Sa Salud, Sa lud Para Sa Gabos,” that refers to DOH’s flagship health agenda under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte--“All for Health Towards Health for All.”
Mayor Patricia Gonzalez-Alsua and City Health Officer Dr. Wynns Samar received the four awards from DOH-5 Director Napoleon Arevalo while DOH-5 Assistant Secretary Nestor F. Santiago Jr. acknowledged the honorees during the awarding at the La Piazza Convention Center, Tahao Road, Legazpi City.
Aside from being named as “Senior Citizen-Friendliest Municipality,” the LGU of Ligao was also commended for being one of the top performing LGUs in the Bicol region for providing essential health services to the poorest members of the community.
Ligao Rural Health Unit was recognized as “orally fit community” in the LGU category while the Ligao City Health Office was named “Best Achiever on Belly Gud for Health” and “Best Implementer of the National Tuberculosis Control Program.”
DOH-5’s health program aims for a health system for Filipinos which ensures financial protection, better health outcomes and responsiveness.
The program also seeks universal health coverage and the attainment of health-related “Sustainable Development Goal” targets that were laid down as universal goals for developing countries by the United Nations over a 15-year-period beginning 2016. (PNA) RMA/CBD/RSM