MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) Field Implementation and Coordination Team – North Luzon and Central Luzon (FICT-NCL) Cluster, led by Undersecretary of Health Eric A. Tayag, concluded the three-day management review (MR) for the first and second quarters of 2023 with a commitment that all regional offices and retained hospitals under the cluster will continue providing essential health services to the public.

“We need to align our priorities and programs with the 8-point action agenda and the national health sector strategy, focusing on directions and policies relevant to the operation of FICT-NCL,” stated Tayag.

“We are dedicated to serving our people by delivering the highest quality of health services and developing programs and policies to enhance their well-being for a healthier Philippines. Our commitment to ensuring health needs are met for everyone, leaving no one behind, will be upheld. Together with the FICT-Luzon Team, we can further improve access to primary and specialty healthcare, benefiting the people in our region,” he emphasized.

The MR provided orientation and updates on the revised DOH 2024-2028 scorecards and roadmap deliverables, OPCR monitoring, rating, and accomplishment reports, LHS directions, and implementation updates for 2023. Additionally, it covered FICT-NCL strategic directions and operations, field operation systems management structure, and operation and organizational development based on baseline assessment.

During the event, the regional offices presented their office performance targets and accomplishments, budget utilization and catch-up plans, procurement performance, COA audit findings, reports on clients’ concerns and complaints, organizational development activities, budget proposals and appeals, program priorities, and notable accomplishments on MR-OPV-SIA, Bivalent Covid-19 vaccination, and Super Typhoon Egay response operation reports.

DOH-Ilocos Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco, who hosted the event together with the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center (ITRMC), stated that the regional office will enhance and strengthen the implementation of health programs based on FICT recommendations.

“As we strive for reforms towards universal health coverage and health equity, prioritizing health policies and systems that benefit the people and address their needs and concerns is crucial,” she added.

The DOH-FICT Luzon consists of regional offices from Ilocos, Central Luzon, Cagayan Valley, and the Cordillera Administrative Region, including retained hospitals under their care and supervision. (ai/mnm)