Doctors to the Barrios - updates

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DOH sends more doctors to Cebu City, but rural physicians hit 'lack of consultation'

Jun 28, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Some physicians from the Doctors to the Barrios program say the Department of Health did not consult them about their redeployment to Cebu City, adding that this would jeopardize health in far-flung areas

BATTLING CORONAVIRUS. Health workers in Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz, Cebu City prepare to transfer positive COVID-19 patients into an isolation area on April 21, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

#InspireCourage: Ateneo doctors serve in far-flung Northern Samar town

Mar 17, 2017 - 4:02 PM

Doctors Mixie Baduria and Alfonso Regala could have gone to any specialization they wanted after graduation Instead they are serving in a 2nd class municipality in Northern Samar

LOCAL HEALTHCARE. Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health doctors currently working in the district and provincial hospitals in Northern Samar pose for a photo in front of the Tan Memorial Hospital. (L to R) Dr Alfonso Miguel Regala, Dr Terrence Antonio, Dr Raymond Luzarraga, Dr Ezekiel Valera, Dr Sophia Caranay, Dr Sherry Mombay, Dr Merlin Sanicas. Photo courtesy of Mixie Baduria

After death of Lanao del Norte doctor, LGUs urged to secure health workers

Mar 12, 2017 - 4:30 PM

This really has to stop kailangang matiyak ng [local government unit] yung security ng health worker nila says Irene Fariñas of the Doctors to the Barrios Foundation

Police probe jealousy angle in volunteer doctor's death

Mar 08, 2017 - 4:19 PM

Lanao del Norte police say Dr Dreyfuss Perlas closeness with a Maranao woman might have cost him his life

JUSTICE. Louella Perlas, the sister of slain doctor Dreyfuss Perlas, is calling for justice.

#JusticeForDrDrey: Medical community honors slain physician

Mar 06, 2017 - 8:46 PM

Health professionals from all over the Philippines post pictures on social media while wearing black to ask for justice for Dr Dreyfuss Perlas who was killed in Lanao del Norte

CALL FOR SAFETY. Medical workers call the Department of Health’s attention to protect the doctors and nurses that it sends to rural communities. Photo courtesy of Health Alliance for Democracy.

DOH to 'revisit, amend' Magna Carta of Public Health Workers

Mar 06, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial s directive comes after the death of former volunteer doctor and municipal health officer Dreyfuss Perlas

Death of Lanao del Norte doctor an 'isolated case' – Ubial

Mar 06, 2017 - 4:17 PM

UPDATED The health department calls on local government units to help improve the working conditions of health workers and ensure their security and benefits

DOJ to NBI: Probe death of volunteer doctor in Lanao del Norte

Mar 06, 2017 - 10:38 AM

Reports say one of the suspects behind Perlas killing was shot dead on March 4 after attempting to escape arrest

JUSTICE. Louella Perlas, the sister of slain doctor Dreyfuss Perlas, is calling for justice.

Family, friends of slain volunteer doctor appeal for justice

Mar 05, 2017 - 5:55 PM

They describe him as a passionate and selfless doctor who was dedicated to improving the health situation in Lanao del Norte

JUSTICE. Louella Perlas, the sister of slain doctor Dreyfuss Perlas, is calling for justice for the death of his brother

Volunteer doctor shot dead in Lanao del Norte

Mar 02, 2017 - 1:50 PM

Dreyfuss Perlas 31 years old served under the government s Doctors to the Barrios program

Life of a doctor in the barrio

Jan 29, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The whole doctor to the barrio thing is both a lovely experience to have and a necessity for your municipality but it is also a tiny corner of the picture we need to look at when it comes to health care

DOH: No mass retrenchment of health workers in 2017

Nov 20, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Nurses hired under the DOH deployment program won t lose their jobs since the nature of hiring is on a contractual short term basis says Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial

Recto: Help prevent 'mass retrenchment' in DOH

Nov 12, 2016 - 11:42 AM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto says the health department s proposed 2017 budget will lead to a drastic downsizing of health personnel under the department s Rural Health Practice Program

Why I went to serve in the barrio

Nov 01, 2014 - 10:05 PM

How Juan Flavier s life as a barrio doctor inspired a young man to serve rural communities

Shortage? Doctors in PH 'enough' – Ona

Feb 14, 2014 - 6:18 PM

Health Secretary Enrique Ona says the problem in the Philippines is maldistribution of doctors and the incentives given to them

MORE THAN ENOUGH. No need to scare people, Health Secretary Enrique Ona says. There's enough doctors in the country, but they should be compensated better. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Corruption in LGUs: Why medicines are inaccessible

Nov 03, 2013 - 1:30 PM

The procurement of medicines by local governments has been a major source of corruption politicking and even risk to doctors lives