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Friday, March 3, 2017


Dreyfuss Bolivar Perlas M. D, MPM
“I see my own improvement as a citizen and a doctor as a contribution to the betterment of the country. I participate in community work and medical missions and I always feel a sense of accomplishment when imparting knowledge on the essentials of health care and offering solutions that alleviate the difficulties of the people.”

The Department of Health (DOH) is saddened by the news on the heinous death of its former Doctors to the Barrios Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas, the Municipal Health Officer of Sapad, province of Lanao del Norte. He was killed yesterday evening by an unidentified assailant in Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte. He is 31 years old. The DOH deplores this act of violence. We lost a worthy public servant at a time when there is greater need for their unselfish dedication to duty. The DOH is extending its condolences to Perlas’ family and vows to support efforts until justice is served.

Statement from Dept of Health FB page

Dreyfuss Bolivar Perlas M. D, MPM was born from a middle class family in Batan, Aklan on November 10, 1985. Despite the financial challenges, he was a consistent achiever. 
Primary education: Batan Elementary School, 1998, third honor 
Secondary education: University of the Philippines High School Iloilo, with honors 
Bachelor of Science in Biology/ Zoology: University of the Philippines Los Banos 
Doctor of Medicine: West Visayas State University College of Medicine 
Post- graduate internship (PGI): Air Force General Hospital 
Passed his physician licensure examination: 2012 
Completed Master in Public Management - Major in Health System & Development: Development Academy of the Philippines, 2014 

Other information: 
Medicine Class president and member of the Medicine Student Council 
Due to financial constraints during his medical education, he entered the Bagong Doktor para sa Bayan of the First Gentleman Foundation, awarded as one of the top ten students in Family and Community Medicine 
He joined the Department of Health’s Doctors to the Barrio Program to fulfill his return to service agreement for his medical education scholarship. He had the option to stay in his hometown but chose to be deployed in the marginalized and underserved area of Sapad, Lanao del Norte for two years. 
For his dedication and commitment to public health, he was appointed as the Municipal Health Officer of Sapad, Lanao del Norte soon after his DTTB program 
He was active in various medical missions and emergency response teams at the DOH Regional Office X. He was one of the early responders to care for patients affected by typhoon Pablo in Boston, Davao Oriental, the Nunungan Ambush in Nunungan, Lanao del Norte, and the MILF Standoff in Zamboanga City 

We deeply mourn the loss of Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas, who was one of the few doctors who dared to work in difficult and underserved communities. The Philippines lost not only a doctor but a dedicated and exceptional true Doctor of the Barrio."

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