NAVAL, Biliran (PIA) – No less than the chief of the health department in Eastern Visayas has announced that Biliran province and two other towns in the province of Biliran were recipients of the 2014 national health award.

“Biliran province and the towns of Almeria and Maripipi were recipients of the national health award” DOH 8 regional director Jose R. Llacuna, Jr. proudly announced in a gathering of provincial health officials and workers in Biliran recently.

A provincial health summit was held on February 12, 2015 at the NSU Hostel function room in Naval, Biliran where best practices of the Biliran provincial hospital and rural health units in the province in terms of local health services delivery system brought by improved health facilities and equipment and access to quality medicines through the universal health care program of the Aquino administration were showcased.

Biliran province is one of the recipients among the ten identified provinces nationwide and two of its municipalities namely, Almeria and Maripipi are included in the list of 20 identified municipalities that will receive the Excellence in Kalusugan Pangkalahatan Awards 2014 scheduled on February 20 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City with no less than President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to give the award.

The Department of Health (DOH) launched the Excellence in Kalusugan Pangkalahatan Awards 2014 last year. The award is aimed at recognizing local government units (LGUs) that exhibited commendable performance on health as reflected in the 2013 LGU scorecard report.

The award is also aimed at encouraging LGUs participation in the localization of Kalusugan Pangkalahatan that leads to enhanced delivery of health services that contributed to the attainment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 on improved child health, MDG 5 on improved maternal health, MDG 6 to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases and MDG 7 to ensured environmental sustainability.

The recipients of the national health award will receive a cash prize of as high as half a million pesos and a consolation prize of P50,000 for the provincial awardees and as high as one million pesos and a P50,000 consolation prize for the municipal awardees.

The cash award shall be used to fund health-related projects to further improve performance of their health system. (fj/rvictoria/PIA 8 Biliran)

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