San Jose, Tuy, Batangas LGU formally takes over management of the new Barangay Health Station
On the morning of 28 September 2021, Health Futures Foundation, Inc. (HFI) held a simple ceremony to celebrate the turnover of the San Jose ALAGA KA (Alay sa Ginhawa at Kalusugan) Barangay Health Station (BHS) to the Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) of San Jose and Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tuy, Batangas.
In attendance during the turnover ceremony were Tuy Mayor Randy Afable, Tuy Municipal Health Officer (MHO) Dr. Pilar Adrias, Mun. Coun. Rafael Bautista, Mun. Coun. Renato Mendoza (for MDRRMC), San Jose Brgy. Capt. Roberto Mendoza, San Jose BLGU members, Brgy. Police, Barangay Health Workers (BHWs), Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), Cluster Leaders (CLs), HFI President Dr. Cora de los Angeles- Añonuevo, HFI Projects Management Officer Ms. Michelle Alyssa Ann Fortea, Former HFI ALAGA KA Community Health Nurse (CHN) Ms. Danessa Simoy, HFI ALAGA KA CHN Ms. Sherry Mae Tiquez who also acted as the program’s master of ceremonies, and DOH 4A Development Management Officer (DMO) Ms. Ruenadigna Tupaz.
The event formally opened with a short invocation prayer led by San Jose CL John Michael Dela Cuesta, followed by the singing of the Philippine national anthem the San Jose BHWs and CLs led by CL Catlyn Mendoza.
To warmly welcome the guests, Brgy. Capt. Roberto Mendoza delivered a message of gratitude to everyone who supported the construction of the San Jose ALAGA KA BHS.
Following Brgy. Capt. Mendoza’s message, HFI President Dr. Cora de los Angeles- Añonuevo also spoke during the program to give a message of hope to the new custodians of San Jose ALAGA KA BHS and the residents who will benefit from this initiative.
Despite being unable to physically attend the program due to the current COVID-19 quarantine protocols, Sun Life Foundation Executive Director Ms. Kristine Millete still managed to grace the program with an inspiring video message which was shown during the turnover ceremony.
Next on the program was DOH 4A DMO Ms. Ruenadigna Tupaz’s turn to deliver her message to the guests and attendees of the event.
To officially accept the stewardship of the new San Jose ALAGA KA BHS, Tuy Mayor Randy Afable took the floor to thank HFI and Sun Life Foundation on behalf of Tuy LGU and its constituents.
Following this, BHW Leader Luzviminda Mendoza expressed her appreciation to the donors and partners through a speech she prepared for this event.
Approaching the end of the program, Tuy MHO Dr. Pilar Adrias delivered the closing speech where she echoes the reminders and gratitude expressed by the former speakers.
For the main event of the ceremony, Mayor Afable, Brgy. Capt. Mendoza, Mun. Coun. Bautista, Dr. Adrias and Dr. de los Angeles- Añonuevo led the signing of the Deed of Donation. The signing of the the document marked the official turnover of San Jose ALAGA KA BHS to the San Jose, Tuy, Batangas LGU.
To signify the transfer of stewardship, a ceremonial key was also handed over to Mayor Afable, Coun. Bautista, Brgy. Capt. Mendoza, BHW Leader Mendoza, and CL representative Irenea Baldrias. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was also held to culminate the program.
The attendees briefly stayed after the program for a quick photo opportunity to memorialize 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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