Friday, October 05, 2012

Public service is not just public office

Time and again I have been asked "would you like to run as party-list representative?" or "is your group running as a party-list group?" and more comments such as "we will support you if ever you decided to run..."

As much as these statements of inquiry and support flatters me -- I would say I am just grateful that people see the importance of our work and the need to have more groups from the health sector be represented in Congress.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

[Vital Signs Column] Universal Health Care: Pharmacy Pawnshops

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Vital Signs Column
By: Alvin Cloyd Dakis, RN
October 01-15 Issue

Well hello October! The season is nearing for endless shopping for gifts, decorations and lots of food! I can feel the climate getting colder. I am hoping that October will be kinder to you this year.

Recently, I became part of a team that advocates Universal Health Care (UHC) in the Philippines. I got accepted and join the ranks of former Health Secretaries, national scientists and public health leaders. This group known as the Universal Health Care Study Group was formed under the National Institutes of Health of UP Manila and is currently in partnership with the Department of Health for an 8-month national campaign to promote people's access to Universal Health Care program in the country.