DOH: Sin tax is a health bill

An August 27, 2012 press release from the Department of Health: The Department of Health is urging the Senate to look at the proposed sin tax measure on tobacco as a health bill. “This is not just a sin tax. This is an anti-cancer tax,” Health Undersecretary Ted Herbosa said in a statement.

DOH-NCR awards Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace Certificate to Landbank of the Philippines

An August 22, 2012, press release from the Department of Health: The Department of Health Center for Health Development-National Capital Region (DOH CHD-NCR) awarded the Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace Certification to the Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) for its compliance with the Republic Act No. 10028, known as the “Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Acts of 2009.”

DOH condoles with Robredo family

An August 21, 2012, press release from the Department of Health: Secretary of Health Enrique T. Ona today extended his condolences to the Robredo family for the unfortunate demise of Secretary of Interior and Local Government Jesse M. Robredo, whose plane crashed off the waters of Masbate last Saturday, August 19, 2012, while en route to Naga City. Ona also extended condolences to the families of pilot Jessup Bahinting and co-pilot Kshitiz Chand.

Message of the Secretary of Health during the senate hearing on the Excise Tax Reform Bill for Tobacco and Alcohol Products, August 16, 2012

Honorable Senators, as Secretary of Health, I wholeheartedly thank you for the two years that you have supported our DOH budget to a level never in our memory was ever reached. Never have we ever had a President who has clearly articulated his commitment to improve the health of our people, and identifying precisely how and where the funds will come from. Today I ask you to help finally seal that financial gap that has kept us from giving all our people the kind of healthcare we all aspire for and dream of.