SAN JOSE, Antique – The Antique Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) cited the best performing health partners and program implementers during the 2nd “Pasidungog” held recently at Eagle’s Place here.
Information Officer Irene R. Duldoco said that the event also featured the emblem of the annual Pasidungog “Babaylan” to be given to the top performing Municipal Health Offices (MHOs) for preventive and promotive care and hospitals for its curative and rehabilitative care.
The emblem got its name from folk healers in the ancient times called ‘babaylan’ who strengthened and nourished the soul and physical well-being of a living person. In today’s generation, the Babaylans are the health workers who are on the frontline of providing public health services.
Thus, the Babaylan figure connotes exemplary performance of the MHOs or hospitals in providing health services, said Duldoco.
The Municipality of Pandan is first and only Municipal Health Office to receive the Babaylan Award this year for having earned the distinction as the Best LGU implementer of the School-Based Health Services.
The Red Orchid Award went to Pandan town for its exemplary implementation of Tobacco-Free Environment.
The towns of Sebaste and Bugasong got second and third places, respectively for LGUs implementing the school-based health practices.
The town of San Jose earned the citation for the Best Performing LGU in the prevention of STI, HIV, and AIDS while Best Sanitation practices went to Barangay Delima Belison (national awardee) and Barangay Centro Weste Libertad (Regional Awardee)
Dolores B. de Guzman of La Rioja, Patnongon was hailed as Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar.
Best Practice in community-based rehabilitation program went to the Municipality of Tibiao.
The following hospitals also earned the citation being the national awardees in the implementation of the newborn screening program: Bugasong Medicare Community Hospital, Pedro L. Gindap Memorial Hospital, Angel Salazar Memorial Hospital, Justice Calixto O. Zaldivar Memorial Hospital, and Ramon Maza Sr. Memorial District Hospital.
Schools with the high performance of school-based immunization and school-based deworming and lymphatic filariasis mass-drug administration were also given citations.
Other LGUs, members of the media and partner agencies were recognized during the Pasidungog for collaborating with IPHO in the pursuit of its mission of providing quality health services to the Antiquenos.
Governor Rhodora Cadiao and other local officials likewise graced the event. (PIA-Antique)