Duterte Urges DepEd to Boost Health Education after Doctor's Cancer Warning

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Duterte Urges DepEd to Boost Health Education after Doctor's Cancer Warning


The government is aiming to boost health literacy among Filipinos to better understand, prevent, and respond to pandemic or disasters.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on August 24, 2020. ROBINSON NINAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Duterte has directed Education Secretary Leonor Briones to ensure the people would at least have "a basic level of health literacy skills" to know how to effectively deal with health situations. His directive came after revealing that his doctor had warned him that his Barrett's esophagus was "nearing stage one cancer".

"Next year, health literacy will be an important item in our schools' curricula," the President said in a message to Congress on the proposed 2021 national budget submitted on Tuesday.

"For this purpose, I have given specific instructions to Education Secretary Leonor 'Liling' Briones to capacity our educators/teachers to have sufficient and reasonable information to help our citizens equip themselves with at least a basic level of health literacy skills to better respond to a pandemic or disaster, in particular the prevention of infection," he said.

According to the President, health literacy will help empower communities on health promotion and prevention programs. "Through this, the role of each and every one of us will no longer be passive. We will do our part in avoiding the creation of secondary transmission chains," he said. …

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