At 10:30 am, the Vice President attended the Champions for Health Governance (CHG) Awards Ceremony 2019 at the Quezon City Reception House. CHG is an initiative by Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership in partnership with Jesse M. Robredo Foundation, Association of Municipal Health Officers of the Philippines (AMHOP), and Merck, Sharpe & Dohme (MSD) in the Philippines. It aims to recognize top performing LGUs for excellent and efficient implementation of their local health programs.

In her speech, the Vice President talked about the state of public health today and calls for everyone to act with urgency and purpose. She also commended the LGUs for implementing effective health programs that can be also be carried out by other localities and therefore, ensure that all families have access to healthcare. 

“There is so much to be done. The state of public health today calls for us to act with urgency and purpose. This crisis should not only be the concern of nurses or doctors, of local executives or the national government. This is a trenchant problem that can only be solved if we dare to try. And try we must, because these are some… these are some of the biggest wars we have to face: the fight against hunger, the fight against poverty, the fight against malnutrition.

I believe I am already standing in a room full of inspiring, passionate, and hardworking public servants. It is my hope that you share this passion with countless local leaders as well, so that we may serve more of our countrymen on the ground. This advocacy goes beyond any political color or affiliation; if anything, I hope that this dream is something that unites us as leaders serving our respective communities.

Magkakampi po tayong lahat dito para labanan ang gutom at kahirapan para masigurong bawat pamilyang Pilipino ay malusog at malayo sa sakit. At sana, ipagpatuloy natin ang adhikaing ito, alang-alang sa mga kababayan nating umaasa sa atin.”