September 27, 2023

Ten of the city’s 16 district health centers have been issued licenses to operate as primary health care facilities by the Department of Health in compliance with the requirements of Republic Act 11223 or the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act.
The district health centers of Asin, Atok, City Camp, Engineers’ Hill, Irisan, Lucban, Pacdal, Pinsao, and Quirino Hill received their licenses from DOH-Cordillera.
As licensed primary health care facilities, the health centers are now authorized to deliver initial-contact, accessible, continuous, comprehensive, and coordinated care to the communities they serve.
They are also accredited as Konsulta package provider by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and can now render individual-based health services including initial and follow-up primary care consultations, health screening and assessment and access to selected diagnostic services and medicines.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong lauded the City Health Services Office for their diligence in keeping the city’s public health care system responsive to the needs of the constituents.
He said the konsulta package is a relevant health program considering the challenge posed by the Covid-19 and other illnesses.
The facilities satisfied the requirements set forth under DOH Administrative Order 2020-0047 or the Rules and Regulations Governing the Licensure of Primary Care Facilities in the Philippines in compliance with Section 27 of the UHC Act which mandates the DOH to institute a licensing and regulatory system for stand-alone health facilities including those providing ambulatory and primary care services and other modes of health service provision.
The PCF regulation is part of the UHC Act’s goal to ensure that only safe and quality primary care services are being delivered to every Filipino. – Aileen P. Refuerzo