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Aguinaldo receives award for supporting "Doctors to the Barrios"

by Vency D. Bulayungan

AGUINALDO, Ifugao (30 October) -- The municipal government here was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Department of Health for actively supporting the government's program dubbed Doctors To The Barrios (DTTB) in ceremonies held at Davao City recently.

The certificate, which was signed by Dr. Kenneth Ronquillo, MD, MPHM, Director IV of the Health Human Resource Development Bureau of the Department of Health, states that the municipality of Aguinaldo integrated the DTTB volunteer in their health care system.

'The said municipality actively supported the department in achieving the accessibility, availability and sustainability of quality health care of their constituents through the institutionalization of health reforms and the strengthening of relationships and cooperation among various stakeholders', the certificate further stated.

Created by the DOH in May 1993, the DTTB Program envisions that all municipalities in the Philippines shall have doctors. Given the reality where there is a varying pace of development and inequitable distribution of scarce resources, the DOH identified 271 municipalities nationwide to be doctorless and lacking in the capability to provide adequate health services resulting in high morality and morbidity rates in these areas.

Five of the 11 municipalities here are beneficiaries of this program namely Tinoc, Asipulo, Aguinaldo, Hungduan and Hingyon.

Dr. Catherine Haynes, a DTTB assigned here said that she appreciates the support shown by the LGU to the health programs of the government. Though not from the place, she said she enjoys rendering health services to the people of Aguinaldo even as she expressed appreciation for the municipal government for absorbing her as their municipal health officer.

Haynes, who stayed for almost a year, is also a recipient to an award for being a health advocate. The special merit award states that Haynes showed exemplary heroism and perseverance to institutionalize a progressive and dynamic system of community healthcare in a manner that is unique, systematic and practical in the field of public service to far-flung, underserved and hard to reach municipalities in the Philippines.

The doctor was awarded for implementing a healthy month celebration. "This is the first time that the said celebration was implemented here," Haynes said. She added that the said program was implemented in partnership with the Foundation on Lay Education on Heart Diseases.

Haynes also conducted a workshop for Barangay Health Workers on Preventive Cardiology, the first to be done in the province. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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