HFI holds a simple ceremony to celebrate the turnover of the new ALAGA KA Pansol BHS

Even the changing weather cannot hinder the celebration in the newly constructed ALAGA KA (Alay sa Ginhawa at Kalusugan) Barangay Health Station (BHS) as HFI officially turned over the facility to the local government unit of Brgy. Pansol in Taal, Batangas.

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Facade of the newly constructed Pansol ALAGA KA BHS during the turnover ceremony last 25 August 2021

On the morning of 25 August 2021, Health Futures Foundation, Inc. (HFI) held a simple ceremony that marks the transfer of stewardship of the ALAGA KA Pansol BHS to the Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) of Pansol and Local Government Unit (LGU) of the Municipality of Taal, Batangas.

In attendance during the turnover ceremony at the ALAGA KA Pansol BHS were Cong. Eileen Ermita Buhain  (Batangas 1st District) and her husband Cong. Eric Buhain, DOH 4A Health Emergency Medical Service Head Dr. Voltaire Guadalupe, Taal Vice Mayor Jovito Albufera, Board Member Carlo Roman Rosales (Batangas First District), Pansol Brgy. Capt. Ronelo Villanueva, Taal Rural Health Unit Midwife Ms. Annie Rose F. Razon, Pansol Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) and Cluster Leaders (CLs), and HFI ALAGA KA Community Health Nurse (CHN) Ms. Khrystynne Manalo.

Meanwhile, HFI Chairman Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan, HFI President Dr. Cora de los Angeles-Añonuevo, HFI Board of Trustees Mr. Tomas Africa and Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos, HFI Executive Director Ms. Ma. Rebecca M. Galvez Tan, Sun Life Foundation Executive Director Ms. Kristine Millete, Sun Life Foundation Programs and Partnerships Lead Ms. Reiza Ayla  Banega, Sun Life Foundation Project Lead Ms. Patricia Mallari, HFI Projects Management Officer Ms. Michelle Alyssa Ann Fortea, Former HFI ALAGA KA CHN Ms. Danessa Simoy, HFI Project Associate Ms. Mary Joy Kristine Flores, and HFI Admin and Finance Assistant Ms. Danica Denisse Eleazar virtually joined the program via Zoom in light of the travel restrictions set due to the COVID-19 quarantine protocols.

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[From Upper Left to Right] Also joining the program via Zoom are HFI Board of Trustee Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos, HFI Projects Management Officer Ms. Michelle Alyssa Ann Fortea, HFI Executive Director Ms. Ma. Rebecca M. Galvez Tan, Sun Life Foundation Executive Director Ms. Kristine Millete, HFI Chairman Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan, Sun Life Foundation Project Lead Patricia Mallari, HFI Admin and Finance Assistant Ms. Danica Denisse Eleazar, Former HFI ALAGA KA CHN Ms. Danessa Simoy, HFI Project Associate Ms. Mary Joy Kristine Flores, Sun Life Foundation Programs and Partnerships Lead Ms. Reiza Ayla Banega, HFI President Dr. Cora de los Angeles-Añonuevo (not in photo), and HFI Board of Trustee Mr. Tomas Africa (not in photo)

The turnover ceremony was formally opened through a short invocation prayer and blessing of the health station led by Rev. Fr. Dakila “Doks” Ramos, and was then followed by the singing of the Philippine National Anthem.

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Rev. Fr. Doks Ramos blessing the facade of the Pansol ALAGA KA BHS

To officially welcome the guests and attendees on-site and online, Brgy. Capt. Ronelo Villanueva delivered his opening remarks with a message of gratitude to everyone who made the construction of Pansol ALAGA KA BHS possible.

Brgy. Capt. Villanueva during his opening remarks to the guests and attendees present at the Pansol ALAGA KA BHS

Following Brgy. Capt. Villanueva’s speech, HFI Chairman Dr. Jaime “Doc Jimmy” Galvez Tan gave his welcoming message to the guests and attendees via Zoom. Doc Jimmy thanked the BLGU and LGU of Pansol, Taal, Batangas for allowing HFI and Sun Life Foundation to implement the BHS construction initiative. During his speech, Doc Jimmy also emphasized the importance of having a health station, especially in achieving Universal Health Care (UHC) in the country which paves the way for more accessible primary health care.

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HFI Chairman Doc Jimmy Galvez Tan delivering his welcome message to the guests and attendees of the Pansol ALAGA KA BHS turnover ceremony via Zoom

On behalf of Sun Life Foundation, Executive Director Ms. Kristine Millete also thanked the BLGU and LGU in advance for their efforts in ensuring the maintenance and sustainability of the health station in the future. 

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Sun Life Foundation Executive Director Ms. Kristine Millete also connecting via Zoom to thank everyone who made the Pansol ALAGA KA BHS initiative possible

Meanwhile, DOH 4A Health Emergency Medical Service Head Dr. Voltaire Guadalupe, who also delivered a message during the program, highlighted the role of the Pansol BHS and its stakeholders in the province’s fight against COVID-19.  Dr. Guadalupe also calls on everyone to help address fake news, and to continue campaigning for COVID-19 vaccination.

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DOH 4A Health Emergency Medical Service Head Dr. Voltaire Guadalupe during his speech about the role of the health station and its custodians in combating COVID-19

This was followed by Vice Mayor Jovito Albufuera’s acceptance speech and messages from Board Member Carlo Roman Rosales and Cong. Eileen Ermita Buhain, who also expressed their utmost gratitude to the partners of this initiative.

Pansol BHW representative Ms. Michelle M. Castillo, and Pansol Midwife Ms. Annie Rose F. Razon were also present at the program to deliver their respective message of inspiration and to close the program. 

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Pansol BHW representative Ms. Michelle M. Castillo expressing her gratitude and promise to the benefactors
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Pansol Midwife Ms. Annie Rose F. Razon delivering her speech towards the end of the program

For the main event of the program, HFI ALAGA KA CHN Khrystynne Manalo, Vice Mayor Jovito Albufuera, and Brgy. Capt. Villanueva were called on to lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony and turnover of the keys of the Pansol ALAGA KA BHS.

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The Pansol ALAGA KA BHS ceremonial key turned over by HFI ALAGA KA CHN Khrystynne Manalo to the Pansol, Taal, Batangas LGU representatives

Cong. Eric Buhain also gave a parting message after the ceremony to express his gratitude to the involved LGUs and its partners in the private sector, stating that this initiative is proof that through collaboration, promising initiatives like the Pansol BHS construction are indeed possible. 

Amidst the sudden rain shower, the Signing of the Deed of Donation was done at the end of the program.

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*The Pansol ALAGA KA BHS already soft opened last 08 July 2021. This is also the first BHS site to pilot teleconsultations to ensure safe and quality health service delivery amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full article here.

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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