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(P.D. 856)

In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for
Health Care in the Philippine Setting
Preventive Medicine III

Department of Preventive, Family and Community Medicine
Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
University of Sto Tomas

Submitted by: D2 Group 2
Leader: Tan, Kent
Secretary: Traboco, Lisa
Tan, Kathryn
Tan, Katrina

Tan, Mark
Tan, Reina
Tanchoco, Luisa
Taningco, Noemi
Tayag, Erin
Tayag, Charisse
Timbol, Mae
Tioleco, Daniel
Tolentino, Miafelia
Tongson, Michael
Torres, Estrellita
Tuason, Zsarin
Tumulak, Mayjane

Submitted to:
Alejandro V. Pineda Jr. MD
Rafael P. Bantayan Jr. MD


Before December 23, 1975, the Public Health Laws and Regulations were scattered amongst the many volumes of our statute books. It was tiring, time consuming and difficult to search for them when they were needed. Thus, there was the need to have a consolidated compilation which would serve as the guide for protecting and promoting the health of the Filipino people.

Definition of terms:

\u2192Code- refers to Code of Sanitation of the Philippines
\u2192Department- the Department of Health
\u2192Secretary- the Secretary of Health
\u2192Regional Director- official who heads a Regular Health Office
\u2192Local Health Authority \u2013 official or employee responsible for application of prescribed health measure in

a local political subdivision

\u2192Health Officer- Provincial, City or Municipal health Officer
\u2192Engineer- a Sanitary Engineer
\u2192Section- any section of this code unless the term refers to other statues which are specifically

Functions of the Department of Health
The following are powers and functions that the Department shall partake in:
\u2192Promote, preserve and raise the health standards of individuals and communities throughout the
\u2192Extend maximum health services and medical care to those in the rural areas and who cannot afford
due to poverty
\u2192Develop, administer, and coordinate health activities and services (i.e. public health, preventive,
curative and rehabilitative programs, medical care, health and medical education services)

\u2192Upgrade the quality and standard of medical practice
\u2192Assist local health agencies in developing public health programs
\u2192Issue permits to establish and operate government and private hospitals, clinics, and other para-

medical courses, blood banks and clinical laboratories
\u2192Stipulate standard rates of fees for health, medical, laboratory and public health services
\u2192Perform other functions as the law may provide
Authority of the Secretary: Aside from the power and authority appointed by law, the Secretary is empowered
to promote rules and regulations for the proper implementation of the provisions of the Code.
Authority of the Bureau Directors: The Bureau Directors are responsible for staff activities such as
development of plans, programs, operating standards and management of their respective field assignments.

Authority of the Regional Directors: The Regional Directors are appointed to administer health functions in their regions, implement policies and programs; and enforce provisions of the Code and rules of the Secretary.

Authority of the Health Officers
The Health Officers administers health functions in areas under their jurisdiction and enforce provisions of
the Code and rules of the Secretary.
Miscellaneous Provisions
\u2192International treaties, agreements and conventions on public health are recognized by the Republic of
the Philippine and are part of the Code as long as they do not contravene any provisions of the Code.
\u2192Any rights and proceedings that has been effected by the Code shall not be affected by any other

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