Meeting Dr. Janette Garin of DOH

Last week I attended a blogger conference with our Secretary of Health Dr. Jannette Garin. To be honest, my train of thoughts were like "Gosh! That'll sure be a braggy blogcon", but I was wrong. It's very intimate, informative and worth attending. 

I'm not going to discuss here everything I learned during the blogcon, because coming from me, it might bore you. But I want to commend our Health secretary for her contribution to a better health reform in our country. 

Health Sec Janette Loreto-Garin is a physician and a national legislator for 9 years, shepherding the Magna Carta for Women, Cheaper Medicine Law, the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law, Amendment to the Physicians Act and other key health measures in the Philippine congress. Under her watch, the DOH continued to have an increasing budget, achieved unprecedented utilization of this budget, and fast-tracked the procurement process without compromising quality and value-for-money.  

For me, one of her most commendable work is when she initiated the creation of the DOH Academy to streamline training activities and human resource capacities across managerial and supervisory levels. This will strengthen the services provided for public good. Another thing is the ongoing review and improvement of different PhilHealth packages to improve benefits delivery and utilization to all Filipinos. 

True her commitment as a courageous public health professional and dedicated public servant, Janette Loreto Garin perseveres to uplift the common lot of ordinary women, men, children, youth and the elderly in her post as the Secretary of Health. The call for Kalusugan Pangkalahatan or universal health care unfolds into reality as we build stronger health care system under the helm of Secretary Doctor Janette Loreto Garin. 



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