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Better healthcare for Filipinos vowed

President Duterte has vowed to improve the healthcare system in the country, saying it remains one of the government’s top priorities to give Filipinos a comfortable life.

Duterte, speaking at the 85th Annual National Convention of the Philippine Public Health Association at the Grand Regal Hotel in Lanang, Davao City, stressed that providing a proper healthcare system for Filipinos is a top priority of government.

The President urged the members of the association to work closely with government as it works to provide better healthcare system for Filipinos.

Duterte also said that his administration will continue to work on improving the Philippine healthcare system gradually until all healthcare services are free.

But he said that attempting to do all improvements at a time may result to a financial shortfall. “We will be suffering a shortfall maybe, in the money that is available now if we go into the universal healthcare na libre na lahat,” Duterte said.

“We are always open for what is good for the Filipino, and I will not hesitate to spend money basta diyan. Binubuhos ko talaga ang pera pagka diyan na,” he added.

Duterte advised health personnel to work closely with barangay health workers in monitoring health situations in the communities.

“You are better being close to the barangay health workers or to the doctor assigned in the particular area where you can dialogue with him every now and then. And you can map out plans on how to do it,” he said. (Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos)