Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said on Tuesday that the Department of Health (DoH) will endorse to the next administration various strategies on implementing the Universal Health Care Act.
Vergeire added that the establishment of the Vaccine Institute of the Philippines and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will also be pushed by the Duterte administration.
The agency would urge the President-elect to continue the Covid-19 vaccination program and the implementation of minimum public health standards, the health official told reporters.
The DoH, likewise, sees the crucial role of a CDC in the country’s goal to move out of the pandemic and ensure health care for all, she said.
“There’s the CDC bill in the Senate, in Congress, where our health care system, the DoH, will be restructured, and there will be one institution to rely on in times of pandemic, infectious disease, and research and data surveillance,” Vergeire pointed out Senate Bill 2505 or the Philippine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Act will establish the Centers for Health Statistics, Surveillance and Epidemiology, Health Evidence, and Reference Laboratories under the DoH.
A counterpart bill in the House of Representatives was approved in July 2021.
She noted that the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the country’s need for a vaccine institute that would promote the protection against infectious diseases and pandemics.
“The National Health Security Act that will be linked with the CDC for us to be resilient during this time of crisis in our country,” she added.