Delta, Nanay, 21 mayors aim for UHC success in Pampanga

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Gov. Dennis “Delta” Pineda led 21 mayors
and health professionals in signing a memorandum of agreement (MOA)
integrating local governments in the province-wide health system to
ensure the success of the Universal Health Care (UHC) in Pampanga.

Vice Gov. Lilia “Nanay” Pineda, who has been championing local
health governance since she served as governor in 2010, emphasized the
importance of local executives in guaranteeing the equitable access of
poor Kapampangans to quality and affordable health care legislated
through the UHC Act of 2019 (Republic Act No. 11223).

“Mayors, kailangang-kailangan kayo dito sa batas ng Universal Health
Care. Kung hindi ninyo tutulungan o susuportahan ang batas na ito,
balewala ito. Ang ganda-ganda ng batas na ito. Wala na kayong
babayaran. PhilHealth na lahat ang mga tao, yung mga mahihirap,”
Vice Governor Pineda said in Monday’s program launching the PUSH.

PUSH stands for Pampanga United for Streamlining Health towards UHC.
This is assured in Ordinance No. 862, which was passed by the
Sangguniang Panlalawigan last January. The 2024 provincial health
budget initially amounts to P100 million, Governor Pineda said.

“In signing the MOA, the local chief executives committed to take a
common direction to make the UHC works for the people in Pampanga.
This allows us also to gather data, strategically plan the health of
all Kapampangans in all municipalities and cities here in the province
to achieve better health outcomes,” explained Dr. Renely Tungol, UHC
provincial focal person.

The UHC law automatically enrolled the citizens into the National
Health Insurance Program and expanded PhilHealth coverage to include
free medical consultations and laboratory tests.

PhilHealth increased its case rates coverage to 30 percent effective
Feb. 14, the agency’s area vice president Walter Bacareza announced
during the PUSH program.

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergiere said primary health care is
the key to UHC. She also lauded the efforts of the provincial
government headed by Governor Pineda and Vice Governor Nanay for the
“utmost effort in bringing health services in every household.”

Capitol’s Alagang Nanay Preventive Health Care Program provides free
medical consultations and laborary tests for heart diseases, cancers,
hypertension and diabetes. Capitol operates one provincial hospital
and 10 district hospitals with a network of 49 rural health units as
primary care facilities.

As one of UHC integration sites, Tungol said Pampanga has attained 83
percent local health system maturity level, making it number one among
seven Central Luzon provinces in terms of functionality as of January.
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