The Department of Health is conducting the first public consultation for the Universal Health Care Act on 13-14 June for Regions I, II, and CAR at Venue Parkview Hotel, Baguio.

Following the signing of the law by President Rodrigo Duterte last February, the DOH is given 180 days to draft the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) which will outline the guidelines in operationalising the law.

Secretary Francisco T. Duque III says:

“The Department of Health is moving full throttle on Universal Health Care. It is a big undertaking and we’re now laying the groundwork for the sustainability and effectiveness of this reform that aims to address a number of gaps in our health system.

We want to make the process of IRR inclusive and consultative. This is why we are conducting a series of public consultations across the country. We want to hear from different stakeholders most especially the public because it is truly the Filipino people who will benefit from UHC.”

The DOH invites the public to provide comments on the copy of the current draft of IRR can be accessed in the official DOH website through this link: The draft was put together in consultation with representatives of various public and private stakeholders, representatives from academia and thought leaders.

Details for the public consultation in Visayas and Mindanao will be added in the schedule. Announcement will be made in the coming weeks through the official DOH social media accounts: and