The WHO country office with the Philippines’ Department of Health and the Philippine Coalition for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases highlighted the celebration of World Health Day 2013 with a scientific symposium on controlling hypertension and reducing salt consumption on 8 April 2013 at the Bayleaf Hotel, Intramuros, Manila. Dr Enrique T. Ona, Secretary of the Department of Health, Dr Susan Mercado, Acting WHO Representative in the Philippines, and Dr Rachel Marie Rosario, Chair of the Philippine Coalition for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, led a group of over 150 participants representing partners from government and non-government sectors, from academic and research institutions, health professional groups, industry, media, and civil society in reminding everyone to know and control their blood pressure, and to maintain healthy lifestyles.
The year 2013 ushers in a new era with higher taxes on cigarettes, beer, liquor, wine, and other tobacco and alcohol products. When President Benigno Aquino III signed Republic Act No. 10351 on Dec. 20, he said, “Today, we are again making history: for the past 15 years, we have been trying to reform the tax structure of imposing excise tax on tobacco and alcohol products. After 15 long years, we have finally succeeded.” “As the people’s servant, I shall personally ensure that this government shall implement the Sin Tax Reform Act of 2012 in a transparent and accountable manner starting Jan. 1, 2013,” he said.
Manila, Philippines, 5 December 2012 - The World Health Organization was conferred the “Most Valuable Partner” award during the Child Protection Network’s (CPN) 4th Manila Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. The award was received by Dr Florence Tienzo. The event was held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
"Everyday, ten Filipinos infected with HIV” (DOH NEC, March 2012).
This is the reality: The Philippine HIV epidemic. The country is ONE of seven countries that recorded more than 25% increase in the number of new HIV infections. Beginning 2007, the Philippines reported steep rise in the number of new HIV cases. Ninety percent (90%) of the cases have HIV through sexual contact. However, the cases clearly show the shift from predominantly heterosexual to bisexual and homosexual transmission, and many of them belong to the younger age group.
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9 November 2012
The WHO Philippines, led by Dr Soe Nyunt-U, was one of the speakers and witness to the launch of the National Health Laboratory Network and Strategic Plan for National Health Laboratory Network, which took place at the H20 Hotel in Luneta, Manila recently
24 October 2012
Mindanao, first stop for evidence-based informed policy engagement. The World Health Organization Philippines organized a three-day summit in Davao City, where policy issues extracted from available research studies are discussed with partners and various stakeholders. The engagement process is expected to help strengthen the capacity for evidence-based policy- and decision-making in Mindanao, and develop a culture of investing in and acting upon information and evidence for health and development.
12 October 2012
DOH pays tribute to Dr. Soe before he leaves for his new assignment as WHO Representative in Mongolia. In August 2007, Dr Soe was appointed as WHO Representative in the Philippines. He served for five years as WR in the country.
6 September 2012
Taking the lead in improving the health information management in the Philippines, the Department of Health – Health Emergency Management Staff (DOH-HEMS) in partnership with the World Health Organization , was conferred the Galing Likha Kalusugan (GLK) award for SPEED or Surveillance in Post Extreme Emergencies and Disasters, as one of “the best examples of the highest level of innovation in the country’s health marketplace.”
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