|DOH Secretaries: Dr. Romualdez, Sec. Ona,
Chair Duque III and Dr. Galvez-Tan
The AYNLA team joins the Health Department in its advocacy towards a Universal Health Care in the Philippines.
Last July 27, five Secretaries of Health came for a press conference to announce “The Secretary’s Cup” – a nationwide series of events to advocate for the Universal Health Care such as the Secretaries’ Health Talks, inter-collegiate debate and the community town hall meetings.
The Secretary’s Cup is initiated by DOH Secretary Ona and gets support from former secretaries of the department. Secretaries Alberto Romualdez, Jaime Galvez-Tan, Esperanze Cabral and now Civil Service Chairperson Francisco Duque III joined him in the press conference. But other former secretaries gave their nod as well such as Dr. Manuel Dayrit, Dr. Juan Flavier and Dr. Alfredo Bengzon.
AYNLA is the only nursing organization that is part of the Steering Committee, and is tasked to organize the community town hall debates in different parts of the country starting August 2012 to February 2013.
The community town hall meetings (CTHMs) dubbed as “Usapang KP” are group discussions in different communities (provinces, cities) and some sectoral (youth, academicians) that will be done nation-wide. A video clip will be shown as a platform for discussion. All CTHM discussions and responses will be recorded and the Alliance of Young Health Advocates (AYNLA’s youth core on health policy reform) will create short policy papers to be submitted to the Office of the Secretary. These policy papers will be used as guide to the Secretary in formulating, amending and evaluating health policies of the Department.
There will be 5 CTHMs in Metro Manila and 12 CTHMs in communities facilitated by AYNLA local chapters namely:
Quezon City (2)
Zamboanga del Sur
There will be other THMs that are specific to different sectors and will be organized by other organizational partners as well. AYNLA hopes that local government units will be able to join this event and respond to the discussions of their constituents.