“Salt intake should not exceed two grams per day,” said Dr. Gabriel Jasul Jr., President of the Philippine Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism during the 3rd National Hypertension Awareness celebration held at Universidad de Manila on 19 May 2012.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that 80 percent of women in developing countries are affected with cervical cancer.  The disease is often prevalent in countries where cervical cancer screening and treatment systems are weak or non-existent.

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.

Senator Edgardo J. Angara cites public lottery as another source to support RP's health program

“More public funds should be directed towards improving the health and well-being of Filipinos,”said Senator Edgardo J. Angara, vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography in his message during UP National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Forum held last 10 May 2012 at the College of Allied and Medical Professions, UP Manila.

Based on the 2010 World Health Organization (WHO) report, 150 million people globally experience financial catastrophes in availing health services. In the Philippines, out-of-pocket share for medical needs amounts to 54.3 percent, while government support covers only 26.2 percent and 8.5 percent on social insurance.

“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.