Cancer is not a death sentence anymore.
This was the core message of Dr. Mariza Magan, Schools Division Superintendent of the Department of Education (DepEd) Tacloban City Division, during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Roche (Philippines) Inc – 2030 Mission Leapfrog Project (MLP) and the DepEd Tacloban City last February 23, 2023, at the Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila, Quezon City.
Dr. Magan added that they are grateful to be chosen as the pilot area of the 2030 Mission Leapfrog Project. With all the collaborations and support from the public and private sectors, the cancer patient story is now being rewritten.
“DepEd sees Mission Leapfrog as a huge help not only to hundreds but to thousands of female employees who are beneficiaries of this medical project. Yes, we only had 80 (teachers) for now, and there was another set last December, and we were able to screen 50 (teachers). Out of 50 once again, may nakitaan na naman ng 5 for further examination. Therefore, MLP has to be getting support coming from our stakeholders in terms of funds, kasi we need partners in order to continue this very noble project, to continue moving forward, and to sustain the project for diagnosis and, of course, hopefully, for treatment.”
Tingog Partylist, a political organization with representation in the House of Representatives that aims to represent the interests of Eastern Visayans, has been a partner of this project since its launch last March 2022 in Tacloban City. The Office of House Speaker Martin Romualdez is also fully supportive of this initiative where the said partnership will not only center on funding the diagnostics and treatment of cancer patients but will also cover further institutionalization of cancer programs in Eastern Visayas and across the archipelago.
“We’re also happy to be part of Mission Leapfrog, and, of course, we are in constant conversation with the representatives from Roche on how we can expand further this project, especially as we try to expand the reach of Tingog to open several Alagang Tingog Centers and you will be hearing more of it in the coming months as we open the centers in several parts of the country in order to cater to our constituents more conveniently. Ang sabi pa po nila Congresswoman Yedda, hindi na po dapat constituents ang lumalapit para maghanap ng tulong, tayo po (mga government offices tulad ng Tingog Partylist) dapat ang lumalapit (sa mga constituents).”
Aside from this partnership and implementation in Tacloban City, the 2030 Mission Leapfrog Project is currently being implemented and adopted in Valenzuela City, Tayabas City, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Central Office, and SM Prime Holdings, Inc. This is in response to the #ClosetheCareGap for cancer patients by working closely with healthcare ecosystem partners – from patient groups to government units to provide critical services such as early detection and timely intervention.
The project is also supportive of the National Integrated Cancer Control Act (NICCA) and the Universal Health Care (UHC) law that aims at achieving equitable access to quality and affordable healthcare services for all Filipinos and instilling health consciousness among them.
Roche (Philippines) Inc. continues its promise to work on transformative innovations and solutions focused on providing a significant impact to patients, people, and society. Through these meaningful activities, Roche will expand and strengthen its partnerships and collaborations with the public and private sectors to efficiently shape and provide access to a fully-funded referral healthcare ecosystem.
Innovative solutions and public-private partnerships make Cancer not a death sentence anymore.
With these life-saving medicines to treat many kinds of cancer that are already available locally and the collaboration of public and private sectors, teachers in Tacloban City or women in any part of the country will no longer see cancer as a death sentence.
- Dr. Mariza Magan, School Division Superintendent, DeEd Tacloban City Division Data, 2022.
- City Population. https://www.citypopulation.de/en/philippines/visayas/admin/leyte/083747_tacloban/ , last accessed Oct 10, 2022
- Philippine Statistics Authority 2022, Causes of Death in the Philippines (Preliminary) as of 31 October 2022. https://psa.gov.ph/content/2022-causes-deaths-philippines-preliminary-31-october-2022. Last accessed, March 7
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