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RLNC12Regional Laboratory Network Council 12 (RLNC 12) was awarded the Most Outstanding Regional Laboratory Network for the 3rd consecutive year and the 1st to become a Hall of Fame Awardee of the National Health Laboratory Network (NHLN).

RLNC 12 has always been exemplary since its conception in 2015. RLNC had its fair share of challenges but the Council, under the leadership of its Chairman, Dr. Edwin C. Alconcel, FPSP, was very resilient and resourceful.

F1 Plus BnBAs part of the Duterte Administration’s thrust to provide quality and accessible healthcare services for Filipinos, a Presidential Directive No. 2016-0186 on the revival of the “Botika Ng Bayan (BNB)” was given order in August 2016. A program which aims to ensure access to safe, effective and quality medicines to patients prioritizing the marginalized, underserved population, vulnerable populations (PWD, elderlies, children), uniformed personnel and their dependents; to reduce out-of-pocket expenses by providing free essential

AIDS bannerNew year brings new hope! This comes with the signing of President Rodrigo Duterte, the Republic Act 11166 or the Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act of 2018. This repeal the Philippines AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998, which was hounded by the growing spread of the virus in the country.

The data from the Department of Health showed that in September 2018 alone, there were 954 new HIV positive reported to the HIV and AIDS and Antiretroviral Theraphy (ART) registry of the Philippines, which brings the total confirmed HIV cases to 59,135 since the first case was reported in 1984. Furthermore, 271 of the confirmed positive cases are between the ages 15-24 years old, with 34

Newborn ScreeningNewborn Screening aims to detect at the earliest stage of life genetic and metabolic conditions that may lead to mental retardation if left untreated. The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) expanded its coverage of essential health services for newborns through the PhilHealth Circular No. 2001 – 0021 which took effect on January 5, 2019.

We now have the enhanced Newborn Care Package which increases the amount of coverage from P1,750 to P2,950 which pays for supplies of  Vit. K eye ointment, vaccines for Hepatitis B and BCG; expanded Newborn Screening Test; Newborn Hearing Screening Test; and fees for attending health professionals. The essential newborn care also includes immediate drying of the baby, early skin to skin contact, timely cord clamping, non-separation of mother to baby, early breastfeeding initiation, and weighing of babies among others.