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About the Bureau of International Health Cooperation

The Bureau of International Health Cooperation started with the existence of a Foreign Assistance Coordination Service (FACS) in the Department of Health under Executive Order No. 119, with the following core functions:

  1. Implementation of WHO Biennium Plans
  2. Coordination of health data requirement of the DFA and international travel of DOH personnel, and
  3. Provision of annual data on Foreign Assisted Projects as required by NEDA
  4. Reporting directly to the Office of the Chief of Staff

In 1999, FACS was expanded by virtue of the Executive Order 102 and became the Bureau of International Health Cooperation (BIHC), mandated to effectively and actively engage DOH with development partners, donors, and stakeholders from the international community through the development of policies, plans, programs and systems on international health partnerships.


Under this expansion, the following core functions were added:

  1. Programming of development assistance
  2. Management and development of pipeline projects/programs and coordination of approvals
  3. Management of the on-going health Official Development Assistance (ODA) Portfolio





Strategic Goals


In line with the Bureau’s Mission and Vision, BIHC adopts the following strategic goals:

Strategic Goal 1

Strategic Goal 2

Strategic Goal 3

To position the Philippines in the global health arena through fostering health partnerships

To mobilize development assistance to support F1 Plus priorities  

To provide technical assistance and share expertise to other countries



Key Result Areas


The BIHC organizational/functional structure evolves to support the Key Result Areas of:

1. International Relations;

2. Resource Mobilization; and

3. Resource Management

through the development of (1) policies; (2) systems; and (3) capacities.


Core Values


BIHC Credo