DOH Plans to Construct 28 Health Facilities for Poor Filipinos by 2028

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DOH Health Facilities

The Department of Health (DOH) in the Philippines has set an ambitious goal of constructing 28 national ambulatory and urgent care facilities to serve 28 million underprivileged Filipinos by 2028. Health Secretary Ted Herbosa unveiled this plan during a recent press conference, emphasizing the DOH’s commitment to bolstering primary care services and modernizing healthcare infrastructure across the nation.

Expanding Access to Primary Care

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The DOH’s primary objective is to extend healthcare services to impoverished communities. This includes the establishment of specialty hospitals, easing congestion in major public hospitals, and the modernization of barangay health stations. Health Secretary Herbosa passionately expressed, “We aim to bring healthcare services closer… My motto now is: I hope no Filipino in need will ever die simply because they couldn’t afford medicine.”

The DOH envisions completing five fully operational national ambulatory and urgent care facilities by the end of this year. These facilities are planned to be constructed in Batangas, Tacloban, Bicol.

Innovative Solutions

In the quest to expand healthcare access rapidly, Secretary Herbosa is exploring innovative approaches. One proposal involves utilizing container vans as primary care facilities while permanent structures are being developed. Furthermore, land partnerships, potentially with state universities, may offer suitable locations for these facilities.

The DOH’s vision extends beyond basic care; it seeks to provide comprehensive healthcare services. It includes laboratory examinations and diagnostics like X-rays, ultrasounds, and CT scans.

Early Detection and Prevention

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Promoting health promotion, disease prevention, and early detection is at the core of primary care facilities. Early detection plays a pivotal role in addressing diseases like cancer, with breast cancer being a prominent concern in the Philippines. The DOH is dedicate to facilitating early intervention through its urgent care and ambulatory service centers.

In addition to infrastructure development, the DOH acknowledges the importance of addressing the healthcare workforce’s brain drain and nurturing their mental well-being. These initiatives aim to bolster the healthcare system holistically.


The commitment of DOH to constructing 28 health facilities represents a significant step forward in ensuring equitable access to healthcare for marginalized Filipinos. With a focus on early detection, prevention, and comprehensive services, this ambitious plan promises to enhance the nation’s healthcare landscape. Through collaboration and innovation, the Philippines is poised to make substantial strides in healthcare accessibility and quality.

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Written by Marjo Piedad

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