Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City
24 March 2014
President Benigno S. Aquino III led the launching of the “Alaga Ka Para sa Maayos na Buhay” or simply “Alaga Ka” held at the Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City.
In his statement, the President urged the people to know and use the health care services being offered by the government. He asked them to use the said privileges to the fullest extent, stating that prevention is better than cure, and requested them to try to avoid ailments rather than resort to curing them. He reminded everyone that every life is important and it is the right of every person to have a healthy life, adding that government is always at hand to ensure that the citizens receive the healthy life that they deserve, whatever their status in life may be.
“Alaga Ka” is a collaboration of different government agencies and local government units which aims to make sure that the indigent and less privileged have access to primary health care through the program “Tsekap” or “Tamang Serbisyo para sa Kalusugan ng Pamilya”. Under the said program, a member can have consultation with a primary care doctor and is entitled to a package of preventive and promotive services such as blood pressure monitoring, counseling on breastfeeding and screening services for breast and cervical cancers.
Joining the President during the event were PhilHealth President and CEO Alexander Padilla, Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Health Secretary Enrique Ona, and Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista.