Bonliw, San Luis, Batangas LGU formally takes over management of the new Barangay Health Station

A day after the Pansol ALAGA KA Barangay Health Station (BHS) was turned over to the local government unit (LGU) of Pansol, Taal, Batangas, Health Futures Foundation, Inc. (HFI) held yet another ceremony on the morning of 26 August 2021, this time, to transfer the stewardship of the newly constructed Bonliw ALAGA KA BHS to the Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) of Bonliw and Municipal LGU of San Luis, Batangas.

Present during the ceremony were San Luis Mayor Danilo Medina, Bonliw Brgy. Capt. Alex B. Bacani, Bonliw Brgy. Coun. on Health Minda Llorca, DOH Assistant Regional Director Dr. Paula Sydiongco, San Luis Municipal Health Officer Dr. Salvador Lasala,  San Luis Rural Health Unit (RHU) Nurse Jan Mirano, Bonliw Barangay Health Workers (BHW) Head Ms. Thelma C. Mercado, Bonliw’s Cluster Leaders (CL) representative Ms. Mirriam Hernandez, Bonliw’s Barangay Council, Barangay Health Workers (BHWs), Cluster Leaders (CLs), and HFI ALAGA KA Community Health Nurse (CHN) Ms. Emily Ilag.

The event formally opened with the blessing of the BHS, followed by a short invocation prayer led by Bonliw Barangay Nutrition Scholar Ms. Remedios C. Rosero, then the singing of the Philippine national anthem.

To warmly welcome the guests, Bonliw Brgy. Capt. Alex B. Bacani delivered a message of gratitude to HFI, Sun Life Foundation, and everyone who made the construction of Bonliw ALAGA KA BHS possible.

Despite being unable to physically attend the program due to the current COVID-19 quarantine protocols, HFI Chairman Dr. Jaime “Doc Jimmy” Galvez Tan and Sun Life Foundation Executive Director Ms. Kristine Millete still managed to grace the program with their inspiring video messages to the new custodians of Bonliw ALAGA KA BHS and the residents who will benefit from this initiative. 

Following Ms. Millete’s message, DOH Assistant Regional Director Dr. Paula Sydiongco also spoke during the program to acknowledge the dedication and synergy among the stakeholders, which has been essential for the fulfillment of this project. 

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DOH Assistant Regional Director Dr. Paula Sydiongco delivering her message in front of the guests during the Bonliw ALAGA KA BHS turnover ceremony

San Luis Mayor Danilo Medina also gave his acceptance speech, with a promise that the San Luis LGU will render its best effort in taking care of the infrastructure.

Approaching the main part of the program, Bonliw BHW head Ms. Thelma C. Mercado also delivered her message of gratitude on behalf of the Bonliw BHWsthe pillars of the Bonliw ALAGA KA BHS.

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Bonliw BHW head Ms. Thelma C. Mercado giving her message of gratitude on behalf of the Bonliw BHWs

To end the program, San Luis Municipal Health Officer Dr. Salvador Lasala once again thanked the institutions and organizations that have been part of this initiative. Dr. Lasala also reminded the BLGU and residents to maintain and cherish the newly constructed BHS. 

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San Luis Municipal Health Officer Dr. Salvador Lasala delivering his closing remarks during the Bonliw ALAGA KA BHS turnover ceremony

 

For the main event of the program, San Luis Mayor Danilo Medina, Bonliw Brgy. Capt. Alex B. Bacani, and San Luis Municipal Health Officer Dr. Salvador Lasala led the Signing of the Deed of Donation, marking the official turnover of the ALAGA KA BHS to the Bonliw, San Luis, Batangas LGU. 

To signify this transfer of stewardship, a ceremonial key was turned over by HFI CHN Ms. Emily Ilag to San Luis Mayor Danilo Medina, Brgy. Capt. Alex B. Bacani, Bonliw BHW Head Ms. Thelma C. Mercado, and Bonliw’s CLs representative Ms. Mirriam Hernandez. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was also held at the end of the program.

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[From L to R] DOH Assistant Regional Director Dr. Paula Sydiongco, San Luis Municipal Health Officer Dr. Salvador Lasala, San Luis Mayor Danilo Medina, and Bonliw Brgy. Capt. Alex B. Bacani during the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the end of the program
The guests briefly stayed after the program for a quick tour of the health station and a photo opportunity to memorialize the event.

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[From L to R] HFI CHN Ms. Emily Ilag, San Luis Municipal Health Officer Dr. Salvador Lasala, DOH Assistant Regional Director Dr. Paula Sydiongco, San Luis Mayor Danilo Medina, and Bonliw Brgy. Capt. Alex B. Bacani, inspecting the examination room of the Bonliw ALAGA KA BHS
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[From L to R] HFI CHN Ms. Emily Ilag, San Luis RHU Nurse Jan Mirano, San Luis Mayor Danilo Medina, Bonliw Brgy. Capt.. Alex B. Bacani, DOH Assistant Regional Director Dr. Paula Sydiongco, and San Luis Municipal Health Officer Dr. Salvador Lasala posing in front of newly turned over Bonliw ALAGA KA BHS

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Bonliw BHWs joining San Luis RHU Nurse Jan Mirano, Bonliw Brgy. Capt. Alex B. Bacani, San Luis Municipal Health Officer Dr. Salvador Lasala, and DOH Assistant Regional Director Dr. Paula Sydiongco for a photo opportunity after the turnover ceremony

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In partnership with Sun Life Foundation, the construction of these BHS in Batangas aims to provide access to primary health care through the construction of eight (8) Barangay Health Stations (BHS) and implementation of Community-based Health and Wellness Programs (CBHWP) in Batangas in the year 2020.

With these interventions, the project is expected to benefit around 25,000 individuals, mostly from the far-flung barangays and marginalized communities.

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