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(It had had no health officer for 12 years before his volunteer stint.) Unlike many of his peers who took off after their two-year DTTB contracts ended, Perlas chose to continue serving Sapad, where by accounts he became a well-loved 'people's doctor,' traveling solo across long distances to reach remote barrios where he would conduct medical checkups.
The DTTB program, run by the Department of Health since the days of the great Juan Flavier, actually goes beyond the provision of health services.
It was in 1993 that Juan Flavier established the Doctors to the Barrios (DTTB) program, in the hope that patriotic medical graduates would serve in the far-flung areas before embarking on private practice or going abroad for more lucrative pay.
As of 2016, she said, only 320 of 946 slots were filled in the DTTB program managed by the Department of Health (DOH).
His DOH scholarship called for two years of service under what is known as the 'Doctors To The Barrios' (DTTB) program.
Perlas' colleagues in the DOH's Doctors to the Barrios (DTTB) program marked Monday as a national day of mourning.
Two senators on Saturday expressed concern over the killing of a Doctor to the Barrios (DTTB) volunteer, citing 'the current climate of violenceas a serious threat to people's access to public health.'
Dreyfuss Perlas was a 'gentle giant,' recalled the childhood friends and classmates of this Doctor to the Barrios (DTTB) volunteer who was gunned down on Wednesday on his way home in Barangay Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte province.
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