June 21, 2023 Jun I. Legaspi 199 views

A total of 2,141 beneficiaries availed themselves of free healthcare services during the two separate launchings and rollout of the “Laboratoryo, Konsulta, at Gamot para sa Lahat” (Lab for All) caravan led by no less than First Lady Marie Louise “Liza” Araneta-Marcos in Central Luzon.

Joining the First Lady during the Pampanga launch at the City of San Fernando on Tuesday were Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” C. Abalos, Jr., Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Teodoro Herbosa, and Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda, among others.

Meanwhile, attending together with the First Lady during the Tarlac launch were Secretary Abalos, DOH Undersecretary Enrique Tayag, Philhealth President Mandy Ledesma, Tarlac Vice Governor Carlito David, among others.

Organizing both activities in Central Luzon were key DILG officials, led by DILG-3 Regional Director Anthony Nuyda, and Provincial Directors Armi Bactad of Tarlac and Myra Moral Soriano of Pampanga.

According to the First Lady, the “Lab for All” caravan represents the Marcos administration’s commitment to providing accessible primary care services to the people.

“This is in keeping with what the President promised during his SONA last year. Sabi po niya, we must bring closer the medical services to the people and not wait for them to come to the hospitals and health centers. So, I’m here today to help the President fulfill his promise,” she shared.

Meanwhile, DILG Secretary Abalos urged local government units (LGUs) to support the Lab For All program which aims to provide better primary health care services to Filipinos, especially the poor.

“Napakaganda ng programang ito dahil inilalapit nito sa mga tao ang mga pangunahing serbisyong pangkalusugan,” he said.

A priority program led by the First Lady, a total of 1,200 Kapampangans and 941 Tarlaqueños from pre-identified indigent family beneficiaries in each chosen local government unit (LGU) benefitted from free health care services such as laboratory tests, medical consultations, free medicines, and also food packs.

The 3rd Lab for All Konsulta Caravan in Central Luzon will be held in August in Bataan.

For the next five years, Lab for All will be launched in different parts of the country to promote inclusive access to quality health care to the people, especially the marginalized sector.