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Mt Province dads set to improve health services

by Juliet Saley

BONTOC, Mt. Province (16 October) -- To fast track the completion of the Sadanga Center of Wellness which will bring health services closer to the people, the provincial government through the initiatives of District I board members committed to share funds from their 20 percent development fund.

Board members Bonifacio Magalong, Francis Dangiwan and Albert Limmayog promised P750,000 each from their 2007 development fund to complete the construction of this one-storey hospital which was started last is not yet finished due to lack of fund.

It will be recalled that the initial fund to start the construction of this project was provided by Board members Magalong and Dangiwan who shared P1 million each from their 2004 and 2005 20 % development fund.

Magalong said the project is expected to be finished first quarter of 2007 if funds for this project will be released early and hopefully to be operational on the second quarter. The National Government will finance the operation of this hospital, and will be attached to the Luis Hora Memorial Hospital.

He also disclosed that Mt. Province Congressman Victor S. Dominguez has already filed a bill making Sadanga Center of Wellness including the Natonin Community Hospital as satellite hospitals of the Luis Hora Memorial Hospital.

The Natonin Community Hospital is presently operated by the Natonin local government unit and could hardly sustain the finance of this hospital, Magalong added.

Meanwhile, the provincial government through the initiatives of Governor Maximo B. Dalog and Vice Gvernor Benjamin M. Dominguez granted a financial assistance amounting to P400,000 to augment the honorarium of the Barangay Health Workers in the province.

According to Marcela Salupen, vice president of the Mt. Province Association of Barangay Health Workers, the P400,000 will be divided equally among the BHWs.

There are 923 active BHWs in the province and they receive minimal honorarium from the barangay with some municipalities giving counterpart. The honorarium depends on the internal revenue allotment of each barangay. In some areas where the BHW is also a barangay official, she no longer gets an honorarium as a BHW.

Despite the minimal honorarium, the BHWs are actively and effectively helping in the improvement of the health of the people and their communities in the province.

The BHWs conduct mothers’ class, community assembly, home visits and clinic-based teachings. They also participate in organizing and mobilizing the community towards self-reliance and assist in providing immediate access to health resources.

During the conduct of surveys, the BHWs collect and report data related to health and assist mothers in filling up home-based material record and growth monitoring chart.(PIA-MP) [top]

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