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Agusan del Norte towns receive AECID health, education assistance

Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte (February 1) -- Several towns in Agusan del Norte province received health and education projects from the Spanish aid agency Agencia Espaņola de Cooperacion Internacional pare el Desarollo (AECID).

Beneficiary towns are Nasipit, Remedios T. Romualdez, Magallanes, Tubay, Buenavista and the City of Cabadbaran in Agusan del Norte.

These towns received shelter, school buildings, health facilities and foods.

The different projects are being implemented by Fundacion Humanismo Y Democracia (H+D) and Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) in partnership with the parents, teachers association (PTA), health authorities and local government unit in the place where they are being implemented.

To this end, the AECID just last week delivered equipments to Carmen Rural Health Unit to be used by personnel in serving poor families in Carmen town, Agusan del Norte.

The AECID assistance seeks to improve access to maternal and child healthcare (MCH) services which is one of the problems affecting families in the province.

Carmen Mayor Ramon Calo expressed elation with the assorted equipment provided to them.

"We will compliment the generosity of AECID and the Spanish people. We will ensure that budget for health is included in our priorities," stressed Mayor Calo.

The medical equipment includes emergency lights, sterilizer, adjustable beds with bed sheets, assorted forceps, BP apparatuses, gooseneck lamps, I.V. stand, suction machines, surgical scissors, wheelchairs, flashlights, weighing scales, thermometers, boxes of disposable syringes and needles and bassinet newborn carriers, among others.

Also included in the assistance package in upgrading of RHUs are training and mobilization of Barangay Health Workers (BHWs), construction of lying-in clinics among others.

The health initiative in Carmen is only part of a bigger undertaking by AECID to assist children and families gain access to basic services.

Parallel to the health-related project, the Spanish aid agency is also engaged in education-focused project for school children in Agusan del Norte.

Carmen town is a fourth class municipality with most of its basic services for the people being funded by the internal revenue allotment (IRA) from the national government. (muc/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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