The Pangasinan Provincial board or Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) approved in its regular session on June 19, a resolution which authorized Governor Ramon V. Guico III to enter and sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of health (DOH) for the implementation of ‘Espesyalista Para Sa Bayan (EPSB) program.
As authored by SP Member Shiela Marie F. Baniqued, the resolution stated that “the EPSB program is anchored on RA No. 11223 or the Universal Health Care Act of 2019 which states that the DOH shall deploy health workforce to augment human resource needs in public health systems.”
“The MOA pertains to the nomination for two representatives from Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (PPH) and Umingan Community Hospital (UCH) to become members of the Special Personnel Selection Board,” the resolution partly disclosed.
The EPSB program refers to the program that deploys specialty board-certified physicians in priority hospitals for the purpose of improving access and availability of quality specialty health services in the province.
“DOH Administrative Order No. 2022-0016 provides for the Policy Framework and Implementing Guidelines of the EPSB Program under the National Health Workforce Support System (NHWSS),” the resolution further stated.
It can be remembered that quality health care services is one of the priority programs of the present administration through preventive and promotive health services. (Pangasinan PIO)