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STATISTICAL MEDIA APPRECIATION SEMINAR: In simple appreciation of the support extended to the Regional Development Council as lecturer during the "Statistical Appreciation Seminar for Media", a Certificate of Appreciation is awarded to Dr. Irenea Ubungen of the NSCB-1 (center) who discussed about the Regional Income Accounts, with DRD Jennilyne C. Role of PIA-1 (left) and Lily Grace Orcino (right) of NEDA-1. The event is spearheaded by the RDC-Development Communication Support Committee chaired by PIA held at NEDA office in San Fernando City. (captioned by: JCR/MHHerrera/photo by: Ricky Naungayan)
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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 05, 2012

DENR 1 opens ‘Botika Para sa Taumbayan’

by Esteleta M. Rafanan

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Jan. 5 (PIA) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has opened a health center and ‘Botika para sa Taumbayan’ at the department’s training center. This is aimed at providing marginalized Filipinos more access to low price generic over-the-counter drugs (non-prescription) and essential prescription drugs.

The Botika Para sa Taumbayan started its operation in October 2011.

Most of the in-demand medicines are available in the botika. These include medicines for hypertension, fever, pain reliever, anti-diarrhea and vitamins for children and adults .

The health center offers free check-up on blood pressure, random blood sugar and other emergency health care extended by registered nurses.

The center and the botika are being managed by DENR 1 Employees Multi–Purpose Cooperative.

On September 2011, the department received a P25,000 worth of medicines from the Department of Health (DOH) as "seed capital." The DOH shall thereafter be supply generic medicines and stock replenishments.

Regional Executive Director Samuel Penafiel strongly signified support to the program during the opening of the health center and the Botika ng Taumbayan.

The project is in line with the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Botika Para sa Taumbayan project under the DOH-National Center for Pharmaceutical Access and Management (NCPAM) Botika ng Barangay program. (JCR/EMR-PIA 1 La Union)

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