Mabilog na Bundok, Lobo, Batangas LGU formally assumes management of the new Barangay Health Station
For the fourth time this year, Health Futures Foundation, Inc. (HFI) held another ceremony to formally turn over a new ALAGA KA Barangay Health Station (BHS), this time to the Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) of Mabilog na Bundok and Municipal LGU of Lobo, Batangas.
The turnover ceremony which happened last 31 August 2021 was attended by Lobo Mayor Gaudioso Manalo and his wife, Ms. Lota Lazarte Manalo, Mabilog na Bundok Brgy. Capt. Sany Ramirez, Mabilog na Bundok Brgy. Coun. on Health Ms. Celia Lontoc, Mabilog na Bundok Barangay Health Worker (BHW) President Ms. Merlita De Chavez, Cluster Leader (CL) representatives Ms. Arlene Misolas and Ms. Vanessa Castillo, the rest of Mabilog na Bundok’s Barangay Council members and staff, and Barangay Health Workers (BHWs). Also present during the ceremony were HFI ALAGA KA Community Health Nurse (CHN) Ms. Rizza Oro, Projects Management Officer Ms. Michelle Alyssa Ann Fortea, HFI Project Associate Ms. Ma. Roberta Sare, and Former HFI ALAGA KA CHN Ms. Danessa Simoy. Shortly after the program, Lobo Municipal Health Officer (MHO) Dr. Edgar S. Macatangay also arrived at the Mabilog na Bundok ALAGA KA BHS
The program was officially opened through a short invocation prayer led by Brgy. Coun. Celia Lontoc, and followed by the singing of the Philippine National Anthem.
To officially start off the program, Mabilog na Bundok Brgy. Capt. Sany Ramirez warmly welcomed the guests through his brief and simple opening message.
Following Brgy. Capt. Ramirez’s opening remarks, a video message from HFI Chairman Dr. Jaime “Doc Jimmy’ Galvez Tan was shown as part of the program to give inspiration and gratitude to the partners of this initiative. Doc Jimmy, who was not able to attend the event due to the current COVID-19 quarantine protocol, emphasized the importance of having a barangay health station in the implementation of Universal Health Care (UHC) in the country and in the rollout of PhilHealth’s upcoming package where outpatient services will be provided for free to everyone who has access to these privileges.
Meanwhile, Sun Life Foundation Executive Director Ms. Kristine Millete, who also sent her pre-recorded video, graced the program with a simple request to the new custodians of the Mabilog na Bundok ALAGA KA BHS—to take care of the facility and ensure that it is serving its purpose to the people of the barangay and the communities nearby.
Approaching the main event of the ceremony, Lobo Mayor Gaudioso Manalo delivered his message of acceptance and gratitude to HFI and Sun Life Foundation for their early Christmas gift to Brgy. Mabilog na Bundok. During his speech, Mayor Manalo mentioned that the event will surely leave a good memory for the municipality of Lobo, which is coincidentally celebrating its 150th founding anniversary this year. Mayor Manalo also calls on everyone in attendance to take care of the barangay health station and to open its doors not only for the residents of Brgy. Mabilog na Bundok, but also for the nearby communities in Lobo who are also in need of accessible primary health care service.
During the program, Mayor Manalo’s wife, Ms. Lota Lazarte Manalo also gave her message of gratitude to the BLGU, partners, and donors who administered the construction of ALAGA KA BHS in Mabilog na Bundok. In her speech, Ms. Manalo cited food, housing, education, security, and health (which the BHS fall into) as the keys to the success and development of a community. With this, Ms. Manalo promised that she and Mayor Manalo will ensure that these priority areas are fulfilled for the benefit of the people of Lobo, Batangas.
On behalf of Mabilog na Bundok BHWs, BHW President Ms. Merlita De Chavez also spoke during the ceremony where she expressed her utmost gratitude to the donors for giving Mabilog na Bundok a new Barangay Health Station that will greatly benefit the residents who are in need of primary health care. This sentiment was echoed by BHW representative Ms. Olimpia Madlangbayan who gave the closing remarks of the program.
Before going to the next part of the ceremony, Brgy. Capt. Ramirez took the floor once again to thank everyone for their efforts and dedication to the success of this project. Brgy. Capt. Ramirez also promised to lead the Mabilog na Bundok BLGU and residents in ensuring the maintenance and sustainability of the newly turned over ALAGA KA BHS.
For the main event of the ceremony, Mayor Manalo and Brgy. Capt. Ramirez, led the signing of the Deed of Donation with Mrs. Manalo acting as the witness. The signing of the Deed of Donation marked the official turnover of Mabilog na Bundok ALAGA KA BHS to Mabilog na Bundok, Lobo, Batangas LGU.
To signify the transfer of stewardship, a ceremonial key was handed over to Mayor Manalo, Mrs. Manalo, Brgy. Capt. Ramirez, BHW President De Chavez, and CL Representatives Misolas and Castillo. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was also held to culminate the program.
HFI Projects Management Officer Ms. Michelle Alyssa Ann Fortea presenting the ceremonial key which will be handed over to Mabilog na Bundok Brgy. Capt. Sany Ramirez. Also in the photo are Mabilog na Bundok Cluster Leaders representatives Ms. Arlene Misolas and Ms. Vanessa Castillo, Ms. Lota Lazarte Manalo, and Lobo Mayor Gaudioso Manalo
A short viewing of the health station was also organized for the guests, in order to see the interiors and equipment available in the facility. The guests and attendees of the event also had a quick photo opportunity to commemorate the event.
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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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