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PCUP and DOH will sign a deal for better healthcare for urban poor people.

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A memorandum of understanding (MOA) between the Department of Health (DOH) and the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) will be signed soon in order to improve health care for urban poor families.

The signature of the MOA was discussed during a recent virtual conference between Gloria Balboa, director of the DOH’s Health Emergency Management Bureau, and PCUP chairwoman Undersecretary Elpidio Jordan, Jr.

The PCUP stated in a statement on Tuesday that Jordan and Balboa committed to offering a fast response to medical emergencies in urban poor communities.

As stated in its mandate under the Marcos administration’s program for reducing poverty, “it was established that both the PCUP and DOH will be pushing for a more committed memorandum of agreement that would set the tone for their collaboration in providing health services to the PCUP’s clientele,” the PCUP said.

The PCUP said that Jordan underlined the value of granting the disadvantaged and marginalized populations easier access to the DOH’s healthcare programs during his discussion with Balboa, particularly in light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic and other health concerns.

Jordan also expressed her gratitude to Balboa and the DOH for supporting the PCUP’s pro-poor activities and programs.

“I thank the DOH for their continued support to our programs aimed at helping the urban poor, especially in the midst of the pandemic and other health crises, tulad ng paglaganap ng dengue and other health issues, I thank the DOH.

According to a Facebook post by the PCUP, the meeting between Jordan and Balboa took place on Nov. 11 using the video conferencing program Zoom.

During the meeting with the DOH, the PCUP’s four flagship programs for reducing poverty were also introduced in addition to the signing of the MOA.

The “Piso Ko, Bahay Mo” housing program, resource mobilization Lingkod Agapay Maralita (LAM), urban poor data collection and collaboration, and partnership program are the four PCUP projects that are anticipated to debut in 2023.

Jordan and Balboa talked about how anti-poverty initiatives may work with DOH’s present initiatives and services, such as the distribution of food and medicine packs.

In order to better serve urban poor groups, the PCUP has also signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Labor and Employment and the local shipping company Archipelago Philippine Ferries Company.

In order to improve pro-poor activities, the PCUP has recently extended its partnership with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

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