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Issue of September 17, 2017
     
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Far-flung areas in MP receives improved quality healthcare
by Alpine L. Killa

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Two barangays each in the remotest towns of this province have proven that despite meager resources, quality projects can be attained.

The recent visit of Community Health Teams in Natonin’s Barangay Butac and Alunogan and barangays Butigue and Palitud of Paracelis have shown that they have the best practices in terms of health care and sanitation.

Using the P10,000 aid from the provincial government, Butac Punong Barangay Onofre Baguinit said they established the “Senapang System Revolving Assistance” where the amount is lent to residents for hospitalization.

For those who require hospitalization outside of Natonin, the maximum loanable amount is P4,000 and P2,000 if within the municipality. The loan is payable in two months and a service fee of one percent is charged.

The project has benefitted 10 recipients in 2010 and 12 in 2011. Baguinit said this encourages cooperation and accountability among the beneficiaries.

Barangay Alunogan is credited for its good sanitation practice.

According to PB Perry Liwanen, before the 1960s to 1970s, drinking water was taken from the changhiyan or spring. Back then, pigs, which were commonly bred in Natonin were allowed to roam freely.

However, this resulted in the contamination of sources of water and the community, especially the children acquired scabies and other skin disease, coughs and colds, boils and intestinal worms.

To address this, numerous ordinances were enacted. These include providing penalties for indiscriminate disposal of wastes, mandatory construction of pigpens, mandatory construction of sanitary toilets, monthly community clean-up drive, and quarterly clean-up of sources of water.

Liwanen said these initiatives of the community health team and the barangay officials have improved the health condition of the residents.

For Butigue, its solid waste management system requires barangay officials to conduct monthly monitoring of the compliance of every household of proper waste segregation. 

A septic vault was also constructed from the development fund of the barangay.

The barangay also budgeted for next year an amount for the purchase of an ambulance.

In Barangay Palitud, Paracelis, a community effort called the binnadang led to the construction a birthing clinic.

To make the project possible, any amount was collected in every sitio. The first collection was used to purchase galvanized iron, cement and steel bars. The labor was rendered free by men and the hauling of materials was also contributed by barangay officials who were not able to attend the construction. Women worked side by side with men. Aside from cooking of food for the laborers, they also assisted in carrying and passing materials to them.

In November 2015, the birthing home became functional.

 
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