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PIA Press Release
2006/10/20

DOH-CHD-10 to reactivate inter-agency committee on environment & health

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (20 October) -- In an effort to generate support and assistance from other government and non-government entities, the Dept. of Health, Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) will reactivate the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Environmental Health (REACEH) in Northern Mindanao.

“This move by DOH-CHD-10 is well within Pres. Arroyo’s primary concern of good and effective governance through individual and collective performance of the Cabinet and national line agencies,” Regional Director Julito Sabornido of DOH-CHD-10, said.

Even with the minor reshuffle in the Cabinet, the government expects agencies to put their performance on people’s interest at the maximum and the President’s entire economic team is intensifying the campaign of rendering more social services to the people.

Along this line, Sabornido said, DOH-CHD-10 will be inviting their partner agencies who are members of the REACEH for a consultative meeting, Oct. 26, this year, on the issuances, policies and guidelines on the environment as well as the occupational and sanitation concerns.

Particular concerns during the consultations will include the recent issues on air pollution and the disposal of the oil spill waste at Holcim Cement Corp. in Lugait, Misamis Oriental and the bird flu prevention measures of the region, among others.

The demands of policy implementation in the context of these recent approaches on environment, health and workplaces and development made it necessary for enhancement of capacities, not only on technical matters but also on the devolution of health services, hence, the consultative meeting and updates on Environmental and Occupational Health on our part and updates from member agencies of the REACEH, he said.

Institutionalizing the Inter-Agency Committee on Environmental Health, mandated through Executive Order No. 489 of then President Corazon C. Aquino dated November 22, 1991 mainly aims to safeguard and make the environment conducive to the improvement and maintenance of the health of the people throughout the country.

Likewise, EO 489 aims to protect the people from the growing health problems related to environmental degradation and make more effective and efficient the discharge of its functions and responsibilities as well as responsiveness to the demands of the times.

“I am quite optimistic the agencies we have invited to attend the consultative meeting will respond positively to our invitation after a 6-yr. lull as REACEH’s last meeting took place in 1999 yet,” Sabornido also said. (PIA 10) [top]

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