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DOH-BIHC is Hiring until October 23, 2022

The Department of Health (DOH; Filipino: Kagawaran ng Kalusugan) is the executive department of the government of the Philippines responsible for ensuring access to basic public health services by all Filipinos through the provision of quality health care, the regulation of all health services and products. It is the government’s over-all technical authority on health. The Department of Health (DOH) holds the over-all technical authority on health as it is a national health policy-maker and regulatory institution. Basically, the DOH has three major roles in the health sector: (1) leadership in health; (2) enabler and capacity builder; and (3) administrator of specific services. Its mandate is to develop national plans, technical standards, and guidelines on health. Aside from being the regulator of all health services and products, the DOH is the provider of special tertiary health care services and technical assistance to health providers and stakeholders.

The Bureau of International Health Cooperation started with the existence of a Foreign Assistance Coordination Service (FACS) in the Department of Health under Executive Order No. 119, with the following core functions: Implementation of WHO Biennium Plans, Coordination of health data requirement of the DFA and international travel of DOH personnel, and Provision of annual data on Foreign Assisted Projects as required by NEDA, Reporting directly to the Office of the Chief of Staff. In 1999, FACS was expanded by virtue of the Executive Order 102 and became the Bureau of International Health Cooperation (BIHC), mandated to effectively and actively engage DOH with development partners, donors, and stakeholders from the international community through the development of policies, plans, programs and systems on international health partnerships.

One (1) Project Associate I (Mechanical Engineer) (Salary Grade 19)

  • APPOINTMENT STATUS: Full-time (Project-based Position)
  • OFFICE: Bureau of International Health Cooperation
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree relevant to the job
  • EXPERIENCE: Two (2) year’s of relevant experience
  • TRAINING: Eight (8) hours of relevant training
  • ELIGIBILITY: RA 1080

One (1) Project Associate I (Mechanical Engineer) (Salary Grade 19)

  • APPOINTMENT STATUS: Full-time (Project-based Position)
  • OFFICE: Bureau of International Health Cooperation
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree relevant to the job
  • EXPERIENCE: Two (2) year’s of relevant experience
  • TRAINING: Eight (8) hours of relevant training
  • ELIGIBILITY: RA 1080

One (1) Project Associate I (Civil Engineer) (Salary Grade 19)

  • APPOINTMENT STATUS: Full-time (Project-based Position)
  • OFFICE: Bureau of International Health Cooperation
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree relevant to the job
  • EXPERIENCE: Two (2) year’s of relevant experience
  • TRAINING: Eight (8) hours of relevant training
  • ELIGIBILITY: RA 1080

One (1) Project Assistant II (Architect) (Salary Grade 16)

  • APPOINTMENT STATUS: Full-time (Project-based Position)
  • OFFICE: Bureau of International Health Cooperation
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree relevant to the job
  • EXPERIENCE: One (1) year of relevant experience
  • TRAINING: Four (4) hours of relevant training
  • ELIGIBILITY: RA 1080

One (1) Project Assistant I (Regional Environmental and Social Coordinator)(Salary Grade 15)

  • APPOINTMENT STATUS: Full-time (Project-based Position)
  • OFFICE: Bureau of International Health Cooperation
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree relevant to the job
  • EXPERIENCE: One (1) year of relevant experience
  • TRAINING: Four (4) hours of relevant training
  • ELIGIBILITY: None required

Interested Applicants may send their applications via email at worldbankcovid19project@gmail.com / tmacebedo@doh.gov.ph or you can bring in the following at Ground Floor, Building 3, Department of Health, Rizal Avenue, Sta. Cruz, Manila.

  1. Letter of Intent indicating the position title you are applying for (addressed to MARIA SOLEDAD Q. ANTONIO, MD, PhD, MPH, DPAFP, CESE, Director IV, Bureau of International Health Cooperation)
  2. One (1) copy of Curriculum Vitae
  3. Four (4) copies of accomplished and duly signed Personal Data Sheet Form (CS Form No. 212, Revised 2017)
  4. Four (4) copies of accomplished and duly signed Work Experience Sheet Form (CS Form No. 212, Revised 2017)
  5. One (1) copy of Transcript of Records
  6. One (1) copy of Diploma
  7. Copy of Certificate of Trainings

You may view the following vacant position/s here: https://bit.ly/3MCQv6H or scan the QR Code in the picture for further information.

Deadline of Submission will be on 23 October 2022. Please note that we will no longer entertain applicants who have incomplete requirements and will not accept applications after the said deadline.

History

Americans assembled a military Board of Health on Sept. 10, 1898, with its formal organization on September 29. Upon its creation, Dr. Frank S. Bourns is assigned as president while Dr. C. L. Mullins is assigned as assistant surgeon. The purpose of this Board of Health was to care for injured American troops but as the hostilities between Filipinos and Americans waned in 1901, a civilian Board of Health was now deemed appropriate with Dr. L. M. Maus as the first health commissioner.

In the early 1900s, 200,222 lives including 66,000 children were lost; three percent of the population was decimated in the worst epidemic in Philippine health history. In view of this, the Americans organized and erected several institutions, including the Bureau of Governmental Laboratories, which was built in 1901 for medical research and vaccine production.

The Americans, led by Dean Worcester built the UP College of Medicine and Surgery in 1905, with Johns Hopkins University serving as a blueprint, at the time, one of the best medical schools in the world. By 1909, nursing instruction was also begun at the Philippine Normal School. In terms of public health, the Americans improved on the sewer system and provided a safer water supply.

In 1915, the Bureau of Health was reorganized and renamed into the Philippine Health Service. During the succeeding years leadership and a number of health institutions were already being given to Filipinos, in accordance with the Organic Act of 1916. On January 1, 1919, Dr. Vicente De Jesus became the first Filipino to head the Health portfolio.

In 1933, after a reorganization, the Philippine Health Service reverted to being known as the Bureau of Health. It was during this time that it pursued its official journal, The Health Messenger and established Community Health and Social Centers, precursors to today's Barangay Health Centers.

By 1936, as Governor-General Frank Murphy was assuming the post of United States High Commissioner, he would remark that the Philippines led all oriental countries in terms of health status.

When the Commonwealth of the Philippines was inaugurated, Dr. Jose F. Fabella was named chief of the Bureau of Health. In 1936, Dr. Fabella reviewed the Bureau of Health's organization and made an inventory of its existing facilities, which consisted of 11 community and social health centers, 38 hospitals, 215 puericulture centers, 374 sanitary divisions, 1,535 dispensaries and 72 laboratories.

In the 1940s, the Bureau of Health was reorganized into the Department of Health and Public Welfare, still under Fabella. During this time, the major priorities of the agency were tuberculosis, malnutrition, malaria, leprosy, gastrointestinal disease, and the high infant mortality rate.

When the Japanese occupied the Philippines, they dissolved the National Government and replaced it with the Central Administrative Organization of the Japanese Army. Health was relegated to the Department of Education, Health and Public Welfare under Commissioner Claro M. Recto.

In 1944, President Manuel Roxas signed Executive Order (E.O.) No. 94 into law, calling for the creation of the Department of Health. Dr. Antonio C. Villarama as appointed Secretary. A new Bureau of Hospitals and a Bureau of Quarantine was created under DOH. Under E.O. 94, the Institute of Nutrition was created in 1948 to coordinate various nutrition activities of the different agencies.

On February 20, 1958, Executive Order 288 provided for the reorganization of the Department of Health. This entailed a partial decentralization of powers and created eight Regional Health Offices. Under this setup, the Secretary of Health passed on some of responsibilities to the regional offices and directors.

One of the priorities of the Marcos administration was health maintenance. From 1975 to the mid-1980s, four specialty hospitals were built in succession. The first three institutions were spearheaded by First Lady Imelda Marcos. The Philippine Heart Center was established on February 14, 1975, with Dr. Avelino Aventura as director. Second, the Philippine Children's Medical Center was built in 1979. Then in 1983, the National Kidney and Transplant Institute was set up. This was soon followed by the Lung Center of the Philippines, which was constructed under the guidance of Health Minister Dr. Enrique Garcia.

With a shift to a parliamentary form of government, the Department of Health was transformed into the Ministry of Health on June 2, 1978, with Dr. Clemente S. Gatmaitan as the first health minister. On April 13, 1987, the Department of Health was created from the previous Ministry of Health with Dr. Alfredo R. A. Bengzon as secretary of health.

On December 17, 2016, Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rossel-Ubial announced that in 2017 the government will start paying the hospital bills and medicines of poor Filipinos. She said that the Department of Health (DOH) is capable of taking care of the hospital bills and medicines of poor Filipinos owing to its bigger budget starting in 2017.

A total of ₱96.336 billion was allocated to the DOH in the 2017 national budget, which includes funds for the construction of additional health facilities and drug rehabilitation centers. Ubial said poor patients in government hospitals do not even have to present Philhealth cards when they avail of assistance. She added that poor patients will no longer be billed by government hospitals.

Ubial said President Rodrigo Duterte is keen on implementing the program to help poor Filipinos in all parts of the country. She said Philhealth will remain a partner of government hospitals in serving the poor. 

Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on finance said that the proposed ₱3.35-trillion national budget for 2017 will provide healthcare assistance to all Filipinos, said an additional ₱3 billion was allocated to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to ensure coverage for all Filipinos.

“The Department of Health (DOH) said there are some eight million Filipinos still not covered by PhilHealth. It is our duty, in serving the public, to extend basic healthcare protection to all our people. That is why we pushed for the augmentation of the PhilHealth’s budget so that in 2017, we achieve universal healthcare coverage,” she said.

Legarda said universal healthcare coverage means that any non-member of PhilHealth will automatically be made a member upon availment of healthcare service in a public hospital. 

Source: Department of Health (Philippines)

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