Health Policy Notes Volume 6


The Department of Health (DOH), as the lead agency in the health sector, developed and institutionalized the Health Sector Reform Agenda (HSRA) in 1999. The HSRA describes the major strategies, organizational and policy changes, and public investments needed to improve the way health care is delivered, regulated and financed. One of the reform areas in HSRA is health regulation, which has become a major function of the DOH especially after the devolution of health services to the Local Government Units (LGU) in 1991. Other reform areas of the HSRA are hospital reform, public health, local health system, and health financing.
The government target is to have one BnB outlet for every three adjacent barangays. Currently, there are about 15,000
BnB outlets nationwide distributed in 42,008 barangays. This means there is around one BnB outlet for every 2.8 barangays which is more than the targeted number. But where are these BnBs located? From the table below, hard-to-reach areas like
those in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao has the least number of BnB outlets. Lanao del Sur, one of the poorest provinces in the country with 1032 brangays, has only17 BnBs.

Source InstitutionDepartment of Health
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Page Count8
Place of PublicationManila
Original Publication DateNovember 1, 2009
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