LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – “A tangible proof of the dedication, commitment and love for public health service.”
This was how 6th district Board Member Noel Bince described the Provincial Health Summit annually conducted by the provincial government to update health leaders on the healthcare development status of Pangasinan, and to recognize the significant roles of public health key players in the grassroots.
Representing Governor Amado I. Espino, III and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) during the health summit’s opening program held at the Sison Auditorium on November 24, BM Bince said that the largest gathering of health leaders – which is now on its 7th year — had been ‘a reinforcement of the vision and mission of the provincial government, particularly on healthcare development.’
The health summit, which coincides with the LGU Scorecard awarding ceremony, was launched in 2011 during the administration of former Panagasinan governor and now 5th district Representative Amado T. Espino, Jr.
Bince said the SP, for its part, has been steadfast on formulating vital pieces of legislation in support to the healthcare thrust of the province.
“The provincial board is one with you in pushing programs and undertakings to advance the medical and health advocacies of the provincial government,” he added.
Summit proper encompassed lectures by experts on medical field, which included : Ensuring Blood Adequacy through Community Based Mobile Blood Donation Network (Dr. Sheldon Steven Aquino, Manager of Department of Laboraties, Region 1 Medical Center); Investing in E-Health for decision-making (Dr. Dennis Batangan, Program Director, IPC Ateneo de Manila University); Financial Risk Protection through Universal Health Insurance (Abraham Ballares, Chief Social Insurance Officer, PhilHealth Region 1); and Rowena Comilang (Provincial Health Program Officer III, USAID Luzon Health).
The health summit was followed by the presentation of health status in the afternoon which included the 2016 Provincial Health Status report by Provincial Health Officer Ana Maria Teresa de Guzman.
Governor Espino led the awarding of 2015 and 2016 Local Government Unit (LGU) Scorecard; and recognition of health partners, outstanding barangay nutrition scholars, LGUs and Inter-local Health Zones. /Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca