By Eric Joyce DC. Grande
University of the Philippines Los Baños
Paper presented at the 2nd Philippine Conference Workshop on
Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTBMLE 2)
held February 16-18, 2012, at the Punta Villa Resort
Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo, Iloilo City, Philippines
1.0. BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were articulated in 2000 and set to be attained in 2015. However, it has been said that the Philippines is lagging behind. To address this, Administrative Order 2010-0036, entitled “The Aquino Health Agenda: Achieving Universal Health Care or Kalusugang Pangkalahatan (KP) for all Filipinos,” was issued (DOH, 2010). “Its strategic thrusts include (1) rapid expansion of the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) and benefit delivery using national subsidies for the poorest families, (2) improved access to quality hospitals through accelerated upgrading of public healthy facilities, and (3) attainment of the health-related MDGs by applying effort and resources in localities with high concentration of families who are unable to receive critical services” (DOH, 2010, p. 1).
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