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Mandate and Functions

Based on Executive Order No. 102 signed May 24, 1999 - Redirecting the Functions and Operations of the Department of HealthMandates, Roles and Functions Mandate. Consistent with the provisions of the Administrative Code of 1987 and RA 7160 (the Local Government Code), the DOH is hereby mandated to provide assistance to local government units (LGUs), people's organization (PO) and other members of civic society in effectively implementing programs, projects and services that will:

a) promote the health and well-being of every Filipino; b) prevent and control diseases among populations at risks; c) protect individuals, families and communities exposed to hazards and risks that could affect their health; and d) treat, manage and rehabilitate individuals affected by disease and disability.  Roles. To fulfill its responsibilities under this mandate, the DOH shall serve as the: a) lead agency in articulating national objectives for health to guide the development of local health systems, programs and services;

b) direct service provider for specific programs that affect large segments of the population, such as tuberculosis, malaria, schistosomiasis, HIV-AIDS and other emerging infections, and micronutrient deficiencies;

c) lead agency in health emergency response services, including referral and networking systems for trauIl1a, injuries and catastrophic events;

d) technical authority in disease control and prevention;

e) lead agency in ensuring equity, access and quality of health care services through policy formulation, standards development and regulations;

f) technical oversight agency in charge of monitoring and evaluating the implementation of health programs, projects, research, training and services;

g) administrator of selected health facilities at sub national levels that act as referral centers for local health systems i.e. tertiary and special hospitals, reference laboratories, training centers, centers for health promotion; centers for disease control and prevention, regulatory offices among others;

h) innovator of new strategies for responding to emerging health needs;

i) advocate for health promotion and healthy life styles for the general population;

j) capacity-builder of local government units, the private sector, non-government organizations, people's organizations, national government agencies, in implementing health programs and services through technical collaborations, logistical support, provision of grant and allocations and other partnership mechanisms;

k) lead agency in health and medical research;

l) facilitator of the development of health industrial complex in partnership with the private sector to ensure self-sufficiency in the production of biologicals, vaccines and drugs and medicines;

m) lead agency in health emergency preparedness and response;

n) protector of standards of excellence in the training and education of health care providers at all levels of the health care system; and

o) implementor of the National Health Insurance Law; providing administrative and technical leadership in health care financing.

Powers and Functions. To accomplish its mandate and roles the Department shall:

a) Formulate national policies and standards for health;

b) Prevent and control leading causes of health and disability;

c) Develop disease surveillance and health information systems;

d) Maintain national health facilities and hospitals with modern and advanced capabilities to support local services;

e) Promote health and well-being through public information and to provide the public with timely and relevant information on health risks and hazards;

d) the resource allocation shift, specifying the effects of the streamlined set-up on the agency budgetary allocation and indicating where possible savings have been generated;

f) Develop and implement strategies to achieve appropriate expenditure patterns in health as recommended by international agencies;

g) Development of sub-national centers and facilities for health promotion. disease control and prevention, standards. regulations and technical assistance;

h) Promote and maintain international linkages for technical collaboration;

i) Create the environment for development of a health industrial complex;

j) Assume leadership in health in times of emergencies, calamities and disasters; system fails;

k) Ensure quality of training and health human resource development at all levels or the health care system;

l) Oversee financing or the health sector and ensure equity and accessibility to health services; and

m) Articulate the national hea1th research agenda and ensure the provision of sufficient resources and logistics to attain excellence in evidenced-based interventions for health.