Sec. Francisco Duque formally takes over as new Health Chief
UNTV News • November 7, 2017 • 6066
MANILA, Philippines — “To improve the DOH as the number 1 agency of the Philippine bureaucracy under the Duterte administration, we need this.”
This is what returning Department of Health (DOH) Secretary, Francisco Duque, wants to achieve.
Duque vowed to properly use the P164.8-billion proposed budget of the DOH for year 2018.
The Health Secretary said his priority now is to follow the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte which is to help in the rehabilitation of the strife-torn Marawi City.
“The DOH has to do its best to help . . . rehabilitate Marawi in general and in particular the health systems of Marawi, we need to bring it back …” Duque said.
Duque is also set to visit Marawi City to check on the situation of the evacuees there.
The DOH continues to distribute medical supplies to the battle-torn area for the ongoing conduct of medical assistance, mental, psychosocial and psychological debriefing to the victims of the war.
“We have to make sure that all the health services, health programs and projects that have been planned are implemented and hopefully avoiding delays because that is what the people are really frustrated about. It’s sometimes the delays,” Duque said.
He noted that he wants to continue enforcing the health strategy of the administration of former president and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
“In 2009, your DOH has actually committed to sign up with the institute for solidarity in Asia and the Development Academy of the Philippines. We were one of the early adopters of the performance governance system,” Duque said.
Meanwhile, the new Health chief has expressed gratitude to former Health Chief Dr. Paulyn Ubial for proving support and guidance to the DOH.
Secretary Duque also assured Dr. Ubial of finishing all the programs she implemented in the Health Department.
Dr. Ubial, meanwhile, said she is open to serving the government anew if she will be given the opportunity.
‘We are not discounting that possibility because I am a CESO, a career executive service officer. I am qualified and if opportunity opens then I might consider returning to government,” Ubial said. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – The race for the next speaker of the House of Representatives (HOR) gets more intense less than a month before the 18th Congress formally opens.
Government allies have been waiting for President Rodrigo Duterte to make a decision on who he thinks the next speaker should be who could help him push his administration’s legislative agenda.
During the oath taking ceremony at Malacañang on Tuesday (June 25), President Duterte asked newly elected congressmen to give him until June 28 to make a decision.
However, the President seems to prefer not to endorse anyone for the speakership post.
In his speech, President Duterte said he asked House Speaker Gloria Arroyo to choose her own successor.
The conversation, he said, happened during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s thanksgiving party.
The President said he asked Arroyo to spare him the burden of having to choose among his friends who were vying for the post.
“Sabi ko, ikaw na ang mamili ng speaker, (I told [Arroyo] to choose a speaker for me),” the President said.
“Tinawag ko si Cayetano, Alvarez, si Velasco, si Bebot na hindi naman lumapit. ‘Mamili ka na, ma’am,’ sabi ko, ‘hindi ako nagbobolahan.'”
(I called Cayetano, Alvarez, Velasco and Bebot. I told her, “You choose, ma’am. I am not joking.”)
“‘I will ask a favor from you [Arroyo]. Huwag mo na akong bigyan ng sakit ng loob (Don’t make it hard for me) because they are all my friends. I do not want to hurt anybody lalo na iyan. Ikaw na lang, tutal ikaw ang pinaka-senior dito, (I’ll let you do it, after all, you are the most senior here),” he added.
President Duterte did say that the incumbent Speaker refused to choose the next House leader for him.
He then told the congressmen to pick their leader themselves and make their decision.
“You have to decide. You can do it by party (or) affiliation. You can take out of Hugpong for the meantime because it’s just a foisted political party for the purpose of election,” the President said.
“Huwag na lang akong isali ninyo, (Just spare me),” he concluded.
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