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Palace elated by President Duterte’s highest rating in latest survey

A Malacañang official on Monday, July 17, welcomed the result of a new Pulse Asia survey showing President Rodrigo Duterte as the most appreciated government official with 82 percent approval rating.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the latest survey result is a “pleasant news” for the Palace.

“Well, of course, you know, at the end of the day, he will not claim it for himself,” Abella told reporters at a press briefing in Malacañan.

“He will give due credit to his Cabinet and to the participation of all agencies,” he added.

Conducted on June 24 to 29, the survey showed the Chief Executive improving in his approval rating from 78 percent in March to 82 percent in June. He received the highest rating among the top government officials included in the survey.

The President likewise enjoyed majority approval rating for his performance as the country’s top leader across all geographic areas and socioeconomic classes.

Meanwhile, Abella also discussed the martial law in Marawi City, noting that the President is already studying the recommendation submitted by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana last week as the 60-day period of martial law in Mindanao is set to end.

The Palace official said threat to public safety will be the primary consideration of the President in deciding whether or not to extend or lift the martial law in Mindanao.

DOH reports on pro-poor initiatives under Duterte administration

Joining Abella during the press briefing was Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial, who reported about her agency’s accomplishments particularly initiatives to help poor Filipinos almost a year after the Duterte government took office.

Ubial said she has been focusing on President Duterte’s marching order to address the needs of underprivileged Filipinos.

“This was the directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte upon my assumption to office. The DOH set out to epitomize the President’s ‘malasakit’ and compassion for the people through the Philippine Health Agenda,” Ubial said.

The Philippine Health Agenda is both a strategic vision for the health sector and a compassionate and inclusive plan exemplified by DOH’s slogan “All For Health Towards Health For All.”

To realize this agenda, Ubial said the DOH improved transparency by adopting initiatives for freedom of information and strengthening its fight against corruption by creating a task force against corruption.

She noted the President’s support for the health sector by signing several executive orders such as on family planning, smoking ban and regulated use of firecrackers.

To improve health services, Ubial said the President has also approved the Philippine Facility Development Plan ‎2017-2022.

She bared the government’s medium-term investment plan to rehabilitate, upgrade and construct new health facilities across the country which include 9,604 additional barangay health stations in the next five years, 2,289 additional rural health units and urban health centers, and 750 polyclinics.

Since July 2016, around 19 million poor Filipinos were tended to by health professionals under DOH’s check up campaign, according to Ubial.

She also reported that the DOH rolled out the surgical caravan last month servicing more than 15,000 individuals of the 19 million checked up in the past year.
Despite the risk, the DOH has deployed a total of 289 doctors, 14,486 nurses, who now serve in conflict-affected areas of Marawi as well as the earthquake devastated area of Ormoc and Kananga, she said.

With regard to conflict in Marawi City, Ubial said the DOH has allotted a total of P55.2 million cash assistance to both DOH and private hospitals and P30.4 million worth of logistics, totaling P85.6 million assistance to responders for the Marawi siege.
Also, the DOH is preparing a rehabilitation and reconstruction plan for Marawi City that will include one health center per barangay, one polyclinic for every 100,000 population, one lying-in facility for every 50,000 population, and one hospital bed for every 800 population.

To address the mental health issues of affected people, the DOH has been providing psychological first aid and psychosocial processing and coping with stress mechanisms.

Other services being provided to evacuees include routine vaccinations for infants and children, treatment for tuberculosis, diabetes, and hypertensive patients, health care services for pregnant and lactating women as well as deworming.

Also part of DOH’s intervention is the construction and installation of toilets, bathing and washing facilities and provision of hygiene kits and water disinfectants to displaced families.###PND