The ALAGA KA Barangay Health Station is now ready to serve Capuleños. Read more.
Just like all beautiful places on Earth, Capul is literally in the middle of nowhere and the adventures one has to go through to step foot on this idyllic island just add to its charms. To get to Capul, one would need to conquer the boisterous currents of the San Bernardino Strait and the Pacific Ocean for about an hour then hop on a habal-habal, a modified motorcycle, which is the only mode of transportation to go around the town. Electricity only runs from 9 AM to 1 AM.
The moment you step on this quaint historical island up to the moment you leave, Capul only radiates warmth and beauty. However, behind Capul’s rich history and magnificent landscape is a face of health insecurity. Being a geographically isolated and disadvantaged area, more than 2,500 Capuleños in Brgy. 5 have to travel 3.5 kilometers on a habal-habal to get to the nearest health station. Imagine a pregnant mother about to give birth or a sick child having no choice but to ride a habal-habal to get to the health facility. Sometimes, Capuleños have to travel to the bigger municipality of Allen, an hour of big waves away from the island, to get certain medical procedures.
In 2014, HFI, in partnership with the Local Government of Capul, United Architects of the Philippines C3 (UAP), Greenbelt, and Ayala Malls launched a fundraising campaign for the construction of an ALAGA KA Barangay Health Station (BHS) in Brgy. 5, Capul called “Sowing Seeds of Wellness”. More than 200 Sowing Seeds of Wellness donors were able to raise Php 1,000,000 for the BHS construction while the rest of the expenses, about Php 1,000,000, was promised to be shouldered by the Local Government of Capul as their counterpart.
Over two (2) years after, the ALAGA KA BHS is now ready to serve Capuleños. The ALAGA KA BHS was officially turned over to the people of Capul during a gleeful ceremony held last 09 March 2017, which was graced by Northern Samar Governor Jose Ong, Capul Mayor Isidro Bandal, Brgy. 5 Chairman Jose Catucod, Capul Municipal Health Officer Dr. Angeline Camacho, Western Samar Provincial Health Team led by Dr Antonio Tirazona, and Provincial Health Officer representative Dr Ricardo Bucar.
Now, Capuleños no longer have to worry about traveling 3.5 kilometers just to get to the nearest health facility. Capul will remain to be a paradise whose settlers and visitors alike can fully enjoy its beauty to totality.
ALAGA KA or Alay sa Ginhawa at Kalusugan is HFI’s banner project that aims to strengthen the Philippine healthcare system through the construction of fully-equipped and functional health station and birthing facility with competent health personnel. As of March 2017, a total of 12 ALAGA KA Barangay Health Stations have been established all over the Philippines. A 13th health station, which is the first ALAGA KA BHS to have a culture-sensitive architecture, is set to be constructed this 2017 in Polomolok, South Cotabato to bring healthcare closer to the B’laan and T’boli tribes.