MANILA, June 8 (Mabuhay) — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Wednesday said he will teach at a university in Dagupan City after his term ends at the Department of Health (DOH).

According to Duque, he will teach and help internationalize the Lyceum-Northwestern University.

“No, I’m going to work pa, but in the private sector. I’m going to go back to the family-owned university in Dagupan City,” Duque said at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum.

“I will teach and I will help grow and internationalize the family-owned university,” he later added.

Meanwhile, though he refused to name the next Health Secretary, he said all potential secretaries are good and qualified.

“Well, first of all, I have been hearing [the] names of the potential secretary of health post-Duterte administration. They’re all good, I know all of them. I think they’re all qualified that had quite a track record of public service,” he said.

Duque also assured the public that the DOH is ready to present its transition plan and present the possible challenges of the incoming administration.

He advised the next administration to “build on the gains of the Duterte administration in terms of the pandemic response.”

“I will be the first one to admit that we’re really struggling with the booster dose coverage… but we have not given up,” Duque said.

At present, only 14.3 million Filipinos have received their first booster shot against COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Duque also pushed for universal healthcare, particularly the giving of primary care services.

“So malaking bagay ‘yan at medyo dahil nasa pandemya, naantala ‘yung pagkabit ng ating mga targets patungkol sa delivery units for Konsulta package,” the Health secretary said.

(So this is a big deal and because of the pandemic, the imposition of targets regarding delivery units for the Konsulta package was delayed.)

“Pero kung nagawa natin ito ay talaga naman this is a major building block of the universal healthcare. ‘Yun ang weakness ng Philippine Healthcare system, no? Inadequate primary care services,” he added.

Duque also pushed health promotion, disease prevention campaigns, and strategic communication. (MNS)

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