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Submitted: 12 December 2015 Modified: 12 December 2015
HERDIN Record #: CAR-UCBCF-15121201540284

The status of the implementation of the health sector reform agenda initiatives in Baguio City and Province of Ifugao.

Charita Delos Reyes,
Ma. Visitacion Molintas,
Erlinda C. Palaganas

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The Philippine health situation was assessed to have minimal improvements in 
recent years. Those who live in rural and isolated communities receive less and 
lower quality health services. Even where facilities are present, people are unable to 
receive appropriate care because services are unaffordable. These are signs of 
inadequacies of health care in the Philippines. In response to the health situation of 
the country, the Department of Health (DOH) developed and enthusiastically 
promoted the Health Sector Reform Agenda (HSRA) in 1997. The DOH officials seem 
confident that the HSRA can immensely contribute to the solution for our ailing 
health and health care. In the CAR, the HSRA was vigorously implemented in 2001.
     This evaluation study explored the status of the HSRA implementation in the 
Province of Ifugao and Baguio City in the five HSRA areas: HSR on Hospital Systems, 
Public Health Programs, Local Health, Health Regulation, and Financing Health 
Services. The study determined processes and strategies in line with the 
implementation of the five components of the HSRA as it aims to bring about visible 
improvements in the worsening health situation of the country in general and in CAR 
in particular. The study also explored the LGU initiatives/strategies to assist the DOH 
implement and achieve the goals of the HSRA; the constraints seen/experienced by 
the LGU in the implementation of this component of the HSRA; and the perceived 
effects of the implementation of the HSRA components.
     The study utilized triangulation of data collection methods namely: examination 
and analysis of relevant program documents; focus group discussions among health 
managers, program implementers, clients, non-clients, and stakeholders; interviews 
of key informants (City/Provincial Health Officers; Local Officials such as Governor, 
Mayors, Councilor/Kagawad for Health, Chief of Hospitals, MHOs, PhilHealth 
Director) and participant observation.

Publication Type
Others
Place of Publication
Baguio City
Publication Date
2008

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This evaluation study explored the status of the HSRA implementation in the 
Province of Ifugao and Baguio City in the five HSRA areas: HSR on Hospital Systems, 
Public Health Programs, Local Health, Health Regulation, and Financing Health 
Services. The study determined processes and strategies in line with the 
implementation of the five components of the HSRA as it aims to bring about visible 
improvements in the worsening health situation of the country in general and in CAR 
in particular. The study also explored the LGU initiatives/strategies to assist the DOH 
implement and achieve the goals of the HSRA; the constraints seen/experienced by 
the LGU in the implementation of this component of the HSRA; and the perceived 
effects of the implementation of the HSRA components.