Healthcare Blog of Dr. Remo Aguilar

Where’s health and education now Mr. President?

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I had mixed feelings after reading the text of  your recent State of the Nation Address (SONA) Mr. President.

On one part, I got excited when you detailed some of what many of  your countryman (which you gracefully called your Boss) knew years ago- corruption is rampant among many of the government agencies. That however, is old story to us Mr. President. My eardrums has thickened hearing all those  exposes that ended up in the waste can for “lack of evidence” and so many legalese gobbledygook. Put the corrupt officials behind bars and recover the peoples money and we will be all excited and happy. Including my eardrums.

The other part of me had this bad feeling about what might happen to your other priorities mentioned in your campaign. Your tone on corruption is very much aligned with your campaign tag line, but you spoke less on health and education. Where are they now in your priorities Mr. President?

Yes, the statistics on Philhealth coverage is confusing. But so is our health care system. You mentioned correcting the coverage statistics and expanding Philhealth coverage  to every Pinoy. It sounds good on our ears but personally Mr. President, its not enough to heal the woes of our health care system. Many of your Boss, cannot survive Philippines with Philhealth coverage alone.

And education? I can barely make anything of what you mentioned, yet. Frankly,I spent half of my lifetime in school and yet I barely can put food in my table. That’s why i doubt prolonging  years in school actually translate to a quality life.

I understand you’re trying to paint a picture of a negative starting point for your term. (Give thanks to the previous administration by the way, they made that painting an easy task for you with all those nauseating scandals). But that is the same reason we put you in charge now Mr. President. We believe you can be a good president even if you start from a negative starting point. We believe you can save us,  your boss,  from lingering in the kamote fields.

You asked for our support. If you noticed, there are many uprisings we supported in one way or another-rebellions, coups, edsa and even green revolutions. The people have shown their support to the presidency in so many times already. The people rallied to support so many crusaders but most of them failed us in many respect. Look at us now, we’re back to square negative. Maybe its high time you give us results already. You are the president. You weave power enough to do all of these reforms. Results is all we’re after now.

In all of this Mr. President, my prayers is with still with you. Give back health and education to the people .  Make them your priorities. And give us results.

You cannot fail us. We forbid you.

Dr. Remo-tito Aguilar co-founded #HealthXPh. A board certified orthopedic surgeon, he is Chief of Clinics at General Santos Medical Center and Medical Specialist II Orthopedics at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City. Dr. Aguilar is a healthcare social media evangelist and writes his medical musings at The Cast & Curious (

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