World Health Organization Western Pacific Region

World Health Day 2013

The Philippine President said, "I accept this honour with deep gratitude, knowing full well that it recognizes not the triumph of a single man against seemingly insurmountable odds, but the strength of a people willing and eager and fervently working towards change. It is an affirmation of an entire philosophy, an appreciation of the shifting culture of governance in the Philippines. The laws we were able to pass, the reforms we are seeing in the health-care sector—all of these emanate from our staunch resolve to reinstitute integrity in government service.”  

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