PHILIPPINE HEALTH OFFICIALS ATTEND 13th ASEAN HEALTH MINISTERS’ MEETING IN BRUNEI

PHL Officials (Undersecretary Lilibeth C. David, the PHL’s Senior Official for Health and Development [2nd from R]; Ambassador Meynardo LB. Montealegre [rightmost]; Dr. Mario C. Villaverde, DOH Undersecretary for the Office for Health Regulation [leftmost]; and Dr. Susan Pineda-Mercado, Presidential Consultant for International Health Concerns [2nd from L]), with other Heads of Delegation, pose for a group photo during the 13th ASEAN Health Ministers’ Meeting (13th AHMM) and Related Meetings held on 03-07 September 2017 in Bandar Seri Begawan.

Officials from the PHL’s Department of Health (DOH), led by Dr. Lilibeth C. David, Undersecretary for the Office for Policy and Health Systems and the PHL’s Senior Official for Health and Development, attended the 13th ASEAN Health Ministers’ Meeting (13th AHMM) and Related Meetings held on 03-07 September 2017 at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Bandar Seri Begawan.

Hosted by Brunei’s Ministry of Health (MoH), said Meetings were attended by over 150 delegates comprised of Ministers and senior health officials from ASEAN Member States (AMS), China, Japan and South Korea.

During the 13th AHMM, Ministers endorsed the work plan of four working-level clusters of ASEAN health cooperation, in support of the attainment of goals under the ASEAN’s Post-2015 Health Development Agenda, as follows: 1) Promoting Healthy Lifestyle; 2) Responding to All Hazards and Emerging Threats; 3) Strengthening Health Systems and Access to Care; and 4) Ensuring Food Safety.

Ministers also endorsed three (3) declarations during the 13th AHMM, to be proposed to ASEAN leaders during the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila this November, as follows: 1) Ending all forms of malnutrition; 2) Combating anti-microbial resistance; and 3) Disaster Health Management.

Prior to the closing of the 13th AHMM proper, Health Ministers of other ASEAN Member States were presented PHL Chairmanship Commemorative Coins by Undersecretary David, assisted by Dr. Susan Pineda-Mercado, Presidential Consultant for International Health Concerns, and witnessed by PHL Ambassador Meynardo LB. Montealegre.

Ambassador Montealegre hosted lunch at his official residence in honor of the PHL delegation during their visit to Brunei Darussalam.

The 14th AHMM and Related Meetings will be held in Cambodia in 2019 with the proposed theme, “Accelerating Health for All in ASEAN.” END

 

Undersecretary Lilibeth C. David, the PHL’s Senior Official for Health and Development (right), delivers the PHL’s intervention during the 13th ASEAN Health Ministers’ Meeting (13th AHMM) and Related Meetings held on 03-07 September 2017 in Bandar Seri Begawan. Sitting beside her is Dr. Susan Pineda-Mercado, Presidential Consultant for International Health Concerns.

 

Undersecretary Lilibeth C. David, the PHL’s Senior Official for Health and Development (6th from R), participates in the 13th ASEAN Health Ministers’ Meeting (13th AHMM) Retreat Open Session.

 

Undersecretary Lilibeth C. David, the PHL’s Senior Official for Health and Development, assisted by Dr. Susan Pineda-Mercado, Presidential Consultant for International Health Concerns, presenting a Philippine Chairmanship Commemorative Coin to Dato Seri Setia Dr. Hj Zulkarnain bin Hj Hanafi, Brunei’s Minister of Health, and other Health Ministers of ASEAN Member States following the conclusion of the 13th ASEAN Health Ministers’ Meeting (13th AHMM) and Related Meetings.

 

Dr. Susan Pineda-Mercado, Presidential Consultant for International Health Concerns (rightmost), gestures during the bilateral meeting between Undersecretary Lilibeth C. David, the PHL’s Senior Official for Health and Development (C), and Dato Seri Setia Dr. Hj Zulkarnain bin Hj Hanafi, Brunei’s Minister of Health.

 

Undersecretary Lilibeth C. David, the PHL’s Senior Official for Health and Development, delivering her Welcome Message for the Side Event hosted by the Philippines, entitled “NCD Prevention and Control: Together Towards One Healthy ASEAN.”

 

PHL Ambassador Meynardo LB. Montealegre (center), with members of the PHL delegation and Embassy personnel, poses for a group photo following the lunch hosted by the Ambassador at his official residence.