Dr. Ramon P. Paterno of UP Manila highlights the importance of increasing the budget for health to attain Universal Health Care


Acknowledging that health is a basic human right and that there is a need to respond to increasing health inequities in the country, the Aquino administration has committed to achieve Universal Health Care (UHC) by 2015. Population coverage by 2015 will be obligatory and premiums will be subsidized by taxes from the National Government.

Dr. Ramon P. Paterno of UP Manila highlighted this commitment in his health policy paper presentation entitled “How Do We Finance Universal Health Care in the Philippines?” during the UP National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Forum held last 10 May 2012. The paper examines policy options for financing the achievement of UHC by 2015.

“The progress we have achieved did not happen on its own.  We have made headway when we have agreed on goals, focused on results and recognized the importance of measuring achievement and improving accountability,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message delivered by Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva during the opening of the World Health Assembly last May 21, 2012.

In this year’s celebration of International World Water Day, Senate Youth Committee Chair Senator Pia Cayetano reiterated a call to action on the Declaration of Commitment to Policy Action on Water and Sanitation.

Germs are everywhere. We acquire germs by touching contaminated objects or surfaces and transmit it through our hands.

According to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), over 1.5 million children under five years old die each year of diarrhea as a result of poor hand washing. Aside from diarrhea, 80% of all infectious diseases are transmitted from person to person due to poor hand hygiene.

“Water quality, long regarded as the prime indicator of health and well-being, plays a crucial role in determining the cause and transmission of a disease,” said Dr. Raul V. Destura, Director of the Institute of Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, National Institutes of Health during his presentation in the Roundtable Discussion on Water Borne Diseases at the Hyatt Hotel and Casino, Manila last May 10, 2012.