In less than 3 weeks, the Filipinos will be voting for those who think will be able to lead the country with dignity and perseverance. Current poll leaders presidential candidate Noynoy Aquino and his running mate Mar Roxas, has vowed that by 2013, every Filipino will have health coverage.
This is such a bold move and in my opinion probably a very effective one. As most of you may know, the Philippines is among the many third-world countries and not everyone here can afford medicines let alone health care.
I was just running through my occasional Facebook notifications when I found one of my friends showing a link to Noynoy’s official blog. I was stunned and amazed as to what they are promising. If the government’s budget is used for healthcare instead of personal desires by some corrupt government officials, people will know that they’re really paying for things that will benefit the majority.
Majority of the Filipinos are poor and a lot of them really need healthcare and as mentioned in the blog, there’s only a small portion of the people who are covered by the government health program, Philhealth. They named it Universal Health Care which means that since the money that goes to Philhealth came from the taxpayer’s money (yes, our pay slips gets cut every month) the people should have access to it.
Come to think of it, that’s really achievable if there is political will and again, no corruption. Campaign-wise this promise leaves a very strong impression on Noynoy and Mar’s candidacy and I’m pretty sure that it will be reflected on recent polls but who knows, this could affect how the actual elections would turn out.
As of now, I haven’t seen any particulars about this proposal and there are no clear cut documents about this since they are not in the position to implement it yet. It may sound like President Obama’s health reform bill but come to think of it, our countries are in totally different situations so who knows. In any case, there are a lot of people who can be convinced by promises and vows such as this. It is most likely a voter’s way of choosing who to vote for.
Filipinos are hopeful that the next administration will bring the country back up and address the issues that are virtually eating the country alive. Whoever the next president of the Philippines will be will probably face the biggest challenge a Philippine president will have as of yet.
Official blog of presidential candidate, Sen. Noynoy Aquino