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Press Release/ 18 April 2022

The DOH-Center for Health Development-CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) recently concluded its pre-deployment orientation for health workers hired under the Human Resources for Health (HRH) Deployment Program to boost the delivery of quality health services in the region.

The 2-day orientation at Ace Hotel and Suites, Pasig City, held on April 11-12, 2022, highlighted the roles of doctors, nurses, medical technologists, pharmacists, nutritionists, dentists, and midwives who will provide support in the fulfillment of the UHC objectives and the ongoing immunization programs. 

Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia cited the urgency of a much more robust health workforce for implementing public health and improving delivery service networks in the community to ensure the success of the UHC amid the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.

“Kayo na mga HRH ang magsisilbing navigator sa paghahatid ng mga kinakailangan na serbisyong pang-kalusugan sa mga nangangailangan sa komunidad. Pagsilbihan ninyo sila ng buong tapat at dedikasyon at tiyakin na ang serbisyong inyong ipagkakaloob ay maramdaman ng lahat, walang maiiwan na siyang pangunahing layunin ng Universal Health Care Act,” Director Valencia stressed in his speech.

He also emphasized their role as communicators in the community, especially in the areas with low vaccine and booster coverage. 

As part of the National COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment and Vaccination Program, the National Government sought to mobilize all workforce and logistics to facilitate the vaccination of eligible individuals who remain unvaccinated despite the adequate supply of COVID-19 vaccines.

“Maging health advocate tayo sa komunidad at mag-generate tayo ng demand para sa bakuna para mas marami sa komunidad ang ma-enganyo na magpabakuna at maiwasan natin ang pagkalat hindi lamang ng COVID-19 kundi maging ng mga vaccine preventable diseases,” Valencia added.

The HRH personnel will be assigned to rural health units to fill in the need for health staff, primarily in the marginalized and underserved areas and Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs).

171 health workers under the HRH program are currently serving under the Contract with Appointment (CWA) status from January to December.

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DOH-CHD-CALABARZON Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia (at the podium) in his speech in front of health workers hired under the Human Resources for Health (HRH) Program during the Pre-Deployment Orientation, at Ace Hotel and Suites, Pasig City on April 11-12, 2022. Director Valencia expounds on the importance of HRH personnel in delivering quality health services in the community in fulfilling the Universal Health Care commitment.  He also expressed his gratitude for their exceptional services to the community and the country during the pandemic. 

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Ms. Denice Paguirigan, Supervising Administrative Officer of DOH-CHD-CALABARZON  (front), discusses the administrative concerns during the Pre-Deployment Orientation for Human Resources for Health (HRH) held at Ace Hotel and Suites, Pasig City on April 11-12, 2022.

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Ms. Katherine Villareal-Valiente, RN, Training Specialist III of the Human Resource Development Unit of DOH-CHD-CALABARZON, explains the objectives of the Orientation during the Pre-Deployment Orientation for Human Resources for Health (HRH) at Ace Hotel and Suites, Pasig City on April 11-12, 2022.