- Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rossell-Ubial said the slain volunteer doctor will get an award
- Doctor to the Barrios Dreyfuss Perlas to be posthumously awarded the Bayani ng Kalusugan
- The award recognizes people who made significant contributions to public health
Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rossell-Ubial said the slain volunteer doctor will get an award; a recognition given to people who made significant contributions to public health.
In an article from Inquirer, it was disclosed that Ubial said Doctors to the Barrios (DTTB) doctor Dreyfuss Perlas will be given the Bayani ng Kalusugan award.
“Perlas is posthumously awarded the ‘Bayani ng Kalusugan’ (health hero award),” the health official stated.
The award, which was launched in 2016, recognizes people who made significant contributions to the health and well-being of fellow Filipinos, particularly those who serve in remote areas.
Perlas, a volunteer doctor who has dedicated his life in helping the poor, was killed on his way home from a medical mission.
“Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas, Doctor to the Barrios Batch 30, MHO (Medical Health Officer) of Sapad, Lanao del Norte, and coincidentally a schoolmate of mine in high school and one of the nicest people, was shot dead yesterday evening while riding in his motorcycle on his way home from a medical mission. Dr. Drey is originally from Batan, Aklan, but he chose to serve in LDN (Lanao del Norte. When his contract expired, he had the option to go home to fill the vacancy of a needed physician in his hometown, but he chose to stay in Sapad because he saw the need. He was 31,” said Dr. Paulo Tugbang, whose Facebook bio disclosed that he was also a Doctor to the Barrios.
“It’s horrifying when death becomes the price of service,” Tugbang added.
A single bullet, which pierced his heart, ended the life of the well-loved public servant.