Kontra Polio in the time of Covid-19
ALABEL, Sarangani (July 22, 2020) – Ma. Razel Bustria, Nurse IV of the Provincial Health Office (PHO), vaccinates one of the beneficiaries of the 3rd round of Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio on July 20 at Barangay Maribulan Gymnasium. Bustria said, “ang polio kay usa ka sakit nga nakakahawa, even if naa tay ginakaatubang nga pandemya karon, di jud nato ni pwede pasagdan ang bakuna kontra polio. Ang kasagaran nga apektado aning polio kay mga bata edad 5 years old pababa kay kung di nato matagaan og bakuna ang atong mga kabatan-unan pwede ni sila maparalisa. Kinahanglan jud nato ni tutukan kay kining atong mga kabatan-unan ang highly susceptible ani nga sakit.” The Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio is part of the PHO’s simultaneous medical service along with the Tutok Buntis, dental consultation, micronutrient supplementation and nutrition counselling. (Jake Narte-Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio enhanced with other medical services
ALABEL, Sarangani (July 22, 2020) – Sarangani Provincial Dentist Dr. Laudencio Mendoza conducts an oral check-up during the simultaneous medical service of Sarangani Provincial Health Office (PHO) on July 20 at Barangay Maribulan Gymnasium. Health is one of the focus programs of Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon that offers a free basic package of health services to every Sarangan. Ma. Razel Bustria, PHO Nurse IV, said “tinatawag natin itong One-Stop-Shop kasi dito makaka-avail ang ating constituents ng libreng laboratory, libreng ultrasound, libreng dental care consultation, binibigyan din natin ang ating mga patients ng micronutrient supplementation, mga vitamins, mga bakuna at iba pang gamot na kailangan ng isang buntis, and even counselling sa nutrition”. Bustria said the activity was aligned with the Mindanao-wide simultaneous launching of Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio. “Isinabay namin itong iba pang mga medical activities sa launching ng Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio para mas marami yung mabigyan ng service and at the same time, mas malawak yung range na mabibigyan natin ng assistance sa health aspect,” she added. (Jake Narte-Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Simultaneous medical service with Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio
ALABEL, Sarangani (July 22, 2020) – Dr. Daisy Jasmin Dionio (right), Public Health Dentist of Alabel, administers an oral consultation during the simultaneous conduct of medical service on July 20 at Barangay Maribulan Gymnasium. The simultaneous medical service was initiated by Sarangani Provincial Health Office in partnership with the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines, Philippine National Red Cross-Gensan Chapter, and local government units of Alabel and Maribulan. The medical service was composed of Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio launching, Tutok Buntis, dental consultation, micronutrient supplementation and nutrition counselling. (Jake Narte-Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Smart donates PLDT wifi modems to students
ALABEL, Sarangani (July 20, 2020) – Members of the Provincial School Board including Board Members Rheymar Dian (extreme left), Jess Bascuña (2nd from left), Jose Tranquilino Ruiz (2nd from right), and Schools Division Superintendent Gildo Mosqueda (extreme right), turn over 10 wifi modems to 10 selected Paaral Para Sa Sarangan (PPSS) scholars on July 17 during the Provincial School Board meeting at the Capitol gym. These PLDT wifi modems, donated by Smart - a partner agency of the provincial government - will help these Sarangan students cope with the ‘new normal’ means of learning. (Jake Narte – Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Oplan Balik Eskwela on August 24; LR on Wheels set to run
ALABEL, Sarangani (July 20, 2020) – Schools Division Superintendent Gildo Mosqueda (center) presides over the Provincial School Board meeting on July 17 at the Capitol gym. Together with Marife “Ping” Gomez (left), Sulong Karunungan program coordinator, and Board Member Jess Bascuña (right), chairman of the Committee on Education, Science and Technology, Mosqueda and the rest of the members of the school board discussed the updates on the enrolment status of DepEd Sarangani in preparation for the Oplan Balik Eskwela on August 24 for school year 2020-2021. Also, one of the agenda tackled was the innovation of LR on Wheels, which stands for Learning Resources on Wi-Fi Hub for Expanded e-Learning in Sarangani, as one of the modes of learning to be considered in the ‘new normal’ opening of classes. “Talagang napakahalaga,” Mosqueda said referring to the importance of LR on Wheels to be used as “one of the learning deliveries” for the students. “Kung tingnan naman natin ang cost-efficiency, makakatipid tayo sa LR on Wheels. Convenient din siya hindi lang sa bata pati na rin sa teacher, kasi si teacher hindi na kailangan maglilibot at mamimigay ng modules,” he added. Mosqueda said the LR on Wheels initiative has already reached the DepEd Central Office and Sarangani is set to present LR on Wheels to them on August 3. (Jake Narte – Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Sarangani inaugurates P25-M health offices building
ALABEL, Sarangani (July 20, 2020) – The new Provincial Department of Health Office and Integrated Provincial Health Office (PDOHO-PHO) building was inaugurated and turned-over to the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Sarangani during its ceremonial ribbon-cutting on July 15.
The 2-storey PDOHO-PHO building was worth P25 million and was funded by the DOH with the help of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Sarangani through the initiative of then-Congressman Manny Pacquiao back in 2012.
The PDOHO-PHO building is set to be occupied by the DOH and PHO staff for a conducive workplace, and for a centralized and integrated health service for the public.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Arvin Alejandro said “noong 2016, Congressman pa si Senator Pacquiao noon, that was the time nag-mobilize kami ng fund. Gikamang namo ni Doc Butch Duldoco (DOH XII) ang budget intended for DOH and PDOHO office.”
Alejandro added, “in the Philippines, I think wala pay laing office nga nag merge ang PHO and DOH, but with the good relationship that we have, we were able to request for an approval of budget through the facilitation of Congressman Pacquiao before, amounting to P100 million.”
It was in 2013 when funds for the construction of Sarangani Medical Hospital/Sarangani Health Care Facility (SHCF) has started coming into the province.
An initial P50 million fund was progressed for the construction of the initial component of the SHCF which includes the Emergency Room (ER), Outpatient Department (OPD) and laboratory, which are, according to Alejandro, the facilities where major and rudimentary services belong.
In 2014 and 2015, an additional P5 million and P50 million were downloaded, respectively, for the completion of the foundation and structure of the OPD.
In 2016, another P50 million was allotted for the completion of the Operating Room (OR) and remaining various facility inside the hospital premises.
In 2017, an additional P100 million was downloaded for the completion of the East Wing of the SHCF worth P60 million, which will cater to an additional 70 beds with private rooms; P10 million intended for the completion of the OR; P5 million for the wastewater treatment facility; and the P25 million for the PDOHO-PHO building.
Moreover, an additional P33 million was approved in 2018 envisioned for the construction of the Acute Psychiatric Unit which will be constructed alongside the PDOHO-PHO building.
“And for this year, 2020,” Alejandro said, “accordingly, meron pa pong P70 million intended for the Molecular Biology and Isolation Unit na ilalagay din sa ating hospital.”
Alejandro said it was Congressman Manny Pacquiao who pushed at the national level to establish the SHCF and with the rationalization plan that was done with the team of former Provincial Health Officer Dr. Antonio Yasaña and PHO Sanitary Engr. Ruben Pelones why SHCF was successfully pushed through.
According to Pelones, the main reason why PDOHO and PHO were housed in one building was primarily for the convenience of the public in transacting medical or health support and services.
“Matingala man gud ang mga tao nganong separate ang PHO og DOH office sa province, so we came up with the concept nga gi-isa na lang siya namo, para naa ra sa isa ka lugar ang flow sa serbisyo especially na DOH and PHO are focused sa health services, di na kinahanglan magtabok-tabok sa mga tao and I think that’s a big help from a little effort alang sa ilaha,” Pelones said.
He added, based on the hospital development plan, “the whole first floor will be intended for the PHO, public health services and concerns sama sa mga technical matters, and then sa upper deck naa didto and DOH office and ang conference room.”
“Mao pud ni ang mahimong headquarters para sa atong Operation Center sa Health Emergency and at the same ang Staysafe.Ph nga center, so tanan communication-related labi na sa Covid-19 diri na nato ibutang sa atong PDOHO-PHO building.”
On the other hand, LGU Sarangani’s counterpart for the PDOHO-PHO building is on the equipment to be used for the operation including the development plan, water system, fire extinguishers, electricity and its maintenance.
During the turn-over rites, Alejandro said “the feasibility study for the whole hospital complex was actually P500 million, not included pa ang staffing na will be charged against the fund of the province.”
Senator Pacquiao graced the turn-over rites of the PDOHO-PHO building.
“In 2012, noong Congressman pa ako ng Sarangani, nakita ko na wala talagang hospital ang probinsya at nabahala ako noon dahil sa population natin na mahigit sa kalahating milyon na noong time na yun. So sabi ko, gagawin ko ang lahat para makapag-patayo ng hospital kasama na itong building na ito, health office building para sa ating mga doctors and other health staff,” Pacquiao said.
He added, “nagpapasalamat ako sa ating Panginoon dahil natupad yung pinapangarap natin mula pa noon, kahit di pa tapos at least we’re moving forward, little by little”.
In this time of pandemic, Pacquiao appealed, “maghiusa tang tanan para ma-solve ang problema sa atong nasud. Let us always remember that everything is possible with God.”
“With this success, gagawin pa namin ang lahat ng aming makakaya with the help of Congressman Ruel Pacquiao, maghahanap pa kami ng budget para maidagdag natin sa ating probinsiya and I’m praying for the safety sa lahat ng frontliners. Were so proud of you,” said Pacquiao.
Speaking at the event, Regional Director Aristides Tan of the Department of Health and Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) XII expressed his gratitude to all the individuals behind the realization of the PDOHO-PHO building which is a great help for the health services of the province.
“Now, we can see that the building is ready for occupation and it’s also nice to see that the building is moving forward and we’re also looking forward for a hospital that is able to cater the people of Sarangani.”
“It is indeed a labor of everybody in Congress why there is a sufficient fund for the project, and hopefully more funds will be coming in for the completion of the other parts of the hospital,” Tan added. (Joshua John S. Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Transport group in Sarangani receives SAP aid
ALABEL, Sarangani (July 20, 2020) – As part of the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) for Covid-19, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region XII has released cash assistance to Sarangani Transport Alliance for Reform and True Development (STARTeD) beneficiaries.
Some 113 and 56 public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers from Alabel and Glan, respectively, each received on July 12 P5,000 cash aid for the second tranche of SAP distribution.
Vice Mayor Balazon calls for LR on WHEeLS support
MAITUM, Sarangani (July 20, 2020) - "Magtulungan po tayong lahat para maisakatuparan natin ang pangarap ng ating mga studyante na magkaroon ng quality education amidst Covid-19," says Vice Mayor Tito Balazon during the orientation on "LR on WHEeLS" or Learning Resources on WiFi Hub for Expanded e-Learning in Sarangani held at the Municipal Gymnasium on July 15. LR on WHEeLS uses an offline learning management system broadcast over an access point through intranet where learners can hook their gadgets in order to access learning materials like digital copies of learning modules, interactive worksheets, and videos. This project was recently launched in response to a “new normal” with the help of the Dynamic Learning Program of Smart Communications and “Sulong Karunungan” of the Sarangani Provincial Government. The event was participated in by the 19 barangay captains with their councils, East and West district supervisors and school heads of the Department of Education. (John James I. Doctor/MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)
Validation of Maitum IPMR done
MAITUM, Sarangani (July 20, 2020) - From (L-R) 2Lt. James Roland Narito of the 37th Infantry Battalion, Datu Kubli Kusin, Richard Trecero (Community Development Officer III for MAKIMA), Mayor Alexander Bryan Reganit, Datu Benjamin Donato (Provincial Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative), Fulong Fredo Basino (Sarangani Indigenous Peoples Professionals Association adviser), Caleasa Katug (Maitum Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative) and Municipal Councilor Zusima del Rosario briefly pose for a picture during the Municipal Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IMPR) Validation held at the Municipal Auditorium on July 15. The event was participated in by tribal chieftains and IPs from Maitum. (John James I. Doctor/MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)
Maitum IPs select Katug as IPMR
MAITUM, Sarangani (July 20, 2020) - Datu Fredimen Wanan (left) congratulates IPMR Caleasa Katug after an agreement ritual during the Municipal Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IMPR) Validation held at the Municipal Auditorium on July 15. The purpose of the event was to select a new IMPR who will represent them at the Sangguniang Bayan. (John James I. Doctor/MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)