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Catigbian dents on health, med services

Tagbilaran City (27 June) -- Wanting for more, local leaders adopt "Go, go, go Catigbian" as the 61st Foundation Day theme and scores a dent on the town's need for professional health service.

Leading the forefronts of innovative governance among Bohol towns, Catigbian does not have to rest on its laurels, and resting is not among my options", uncontested and thus reelected Mayor Roberto L. Salinas said.

"Pulling out the nagging problem of lack of professional health and medical services is a problem in almost all towns, but that does not mean we do not act on it fast," the mayor on his last term adds.

During the milestone celebration July 17-19, Catigbian marked the day by giving out more yellow cards: 350 indigents from 22 barangays here can now go for free or discounted medical services from the nearest hospital which the town also operate.

On the opening day of the festival, the new beneficiaries in yellow t-shirts came on stage to claim their socialized medical benefits: yellow cards that allow them free services, laboratories and medicines from the local hospital, says Salinas, during an interview.

The new beneficiaries are in addition to those already availing of the yellow card program since last year.

Meanwhile, in partnership with the army, the reserve force and other volunteers from the health sectors, the town also rendered free medical and dental services to another 477 residents last June 19, town information officer Ardissa Estavilla shared.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines, AHAPI, the provincial and municipal health offices as well as the Guradians Brotherhood joined hands on a medical and dental mission to celebrate with us, she beamed.

Catigbian, despite being hailed as Bohol's newest miracle, is still saddled with poverty issues, one that would be extremely hard to shake off in a single administration.

But instead of getting discouraged, local leadership stirred by the reality decided to grapple the problem by the horns.

And for a town slowly being identified with the horned farm beast, putting up a district hospital run by the town was a huge leap. But poverty has somehow kept people from using professional health and medical services.

When the town opened up a window of opportunity by institutionalizing a socialized medical service package for indigents commonly called the town yellow card, hopes flowed, Salinas admitted.

Through a system of municipal subsidy, the town leadership also succeeded in closing the gap between dreaming of wellness and attaining it. (PIA-Bohol) [top]

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