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PIA Press Release
Sunday, January 01, 2012


KALAHI-CIDSS health station now a birthing clinic thru public-private partnership

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Jan 1 (PIA) - The Barangay La Perla Health Station at the municipality of Laoang, Northern Samar, which was built under the Kapit- Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS), now serves as a Birthing Clinic, thanks to public-private partnership.

It was learned that the local government of Laoang, through Mayor Madeleine Ong, partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and a private sector KAKAK Foundation through the Mother Bless Clinic, in order to service pregnant mothers in this far-lung area.

Mayor Ong said that the health station was completed early this year while the clinic was set up on November 7.

The facilities and equipment were provided by the KAKAK Foundation, a private foundation based in Leyte and supported by the Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla.

Marissa Camero, an on-call midwife assigned at the birthing clinic, said that since its set-up, the clinic has served eight expectant mothers who gave birth to healthy babies.

On the average, at least one birth per week has been attended to from November 7 to December 10, Camero said.

Mayor Madeleine Ong said that the creation of the birthing clinic at Barangay La Perla aims to lower down the risks of, and hopefully to totally prevent, mother and child mortality.

Mothers and babies die unnecessarily during childbirth because majority of the poorest women in the rural areas do not have access to health facilities and competent health workers and that 50 percent of the poorest women do not have money to pay a skilled birth attendant.

With the Birthing Clinic providing pre-natal, childbirth, and post-natal services to pregnant mothers, there is hope that mothers and babies will be provided with life-saving services right at their doorsteps.

Laoang is situated in the northeastern part of the province of Northern Samar, it is bounded by the Philippine Sea in the North, in the south by the municipality of Catubig, in the east by the municipality of Palapag; in on the west by the municipality of Pambujan.

The municipality of Laoang is composed of 56 barangays, 28 of which are distributed on the northeastern part of Samar mainland while the other 28 are also distributed in the three islands, that is Laoang, Batag, and Cahayagan islands. Its poblacion, composing six barangays, is on Laoang island which is situated at the estuary of the Catubig river and the Pacific Ocean. (PIA 8)

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