Manila, Oct. 10 -- Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Thursday signed the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the landmark Universal Health Care (UHC) law (Republic Act No. 11223).

In his speech at the ceremonial signing in Manila, Duque said the IRR is only the first step to the creation of a health system that works for all.

"We will begin with a change in perspective where health care is more than treating patients in our facilities. The health system will actively improve the health literacy, the health environment, the social determinants of health of every Filipino," he said.

The IRR would guide the DOH and its partner agencies in implementing the landmark law.

Quezon 4th District Rep. Helen Tan, author ...