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(Clockwise from left) The National OPV Switch Day started with a motorcade and proceeded by a program attended by Rotary Club District Governor Jude Doctora, Dr. Ma. Sophia Pulmones, Dr. Renilyn Reyes, Dr. Ma. Carmela Gensoli and Dr. Ma. Paz Corrales who led the ceremonial vaccination. 

VARIOUS partners from government, non-governmental organizations and private sectors joined hands to express support to the National Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) Switch Day which formally launched the use of the Bivalent OPV as part of the routine immunization for infants.

The city government of Bacolod hosted the launching held on April 27. The Department of Health-Regional Office VI in collaboration with Bacolod City Health Office and Rotary Club of Metro Bacolod organized the motorcade before the program along the city’s major thoroughfares. The motorcade was participated in by around 100 health workers, partners and parents from the city’s 61 barangays.

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THE Department of Health-Regional Office VI (DOH-RO VI) launched its pioneering advocacy campaign dubbed “Meet the Unmet” on March 29, 2016 at the University of the Philippines-Visayas. The Campaign seeks to harmonize the efforts of various government and non-government organizations in the region towards closing the gaps on health with particular focus on maternal health.

Based on DOH data, attaining the Millennium Development Goal’s target to improve maternal health remains a challenge. Records show that more than 10 mothers die everyday due to pregnancy and delivery-related reasons thus, resulting to around 30 children being left motherless everyday.

In Region VI, 114 mothers died in 2014. This translated to a Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) of 90 maternal deaths per 100,000 livebirths, higher than the MDG target of 50 maternal deaths per 100,000 livebirths.

The region’s contraceptive prevalence rate also needs to be improved to attain the target of 65%.

To address these gaps, the DOH-RO VI initiated the Meet the Unmet Campaign as a strategy to help improve health outcomes with the support of the different government and non-government organizations.

Dr. Marlyn W. Convocar, DOH-RO VI Regional Director, led the Campaign launching which kicked off with a motorcade along Iloilo City’s major thoroughfares and a program orientation at the UPV Auditorium.

Direct health services, family planning education and counseling as well as a voluntary HIV testing were provided for free to the mothers who attended the activity.

The Campaign was made in partnership with the Commission on Population, Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP), Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines (IMAP), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), PhilHealth, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).


THE Department of Health (DOH) recently turned over TSeKaP Equipment package to local government units (LGUs) in Western Visayas to be used in rural health centers, urban health centers and barangay health stations.

The TSeKaP (or Tamang Serbisyo para sa Kalusugan ng Pamilya) Equipment Package aims to equip LGUs with essential medical equipment that will allow them to provide basic health services to PhilHealth beneficiaries.

Each package contains the following: 2 non-contact thermometers, 1 stethoscope, 1 digital BP apparatus, 1 glucometer set (for measurement of blood sugar), 1 dressing set (for sterile wound care), and 2 nebulizers (for asthma relief).

DOH Secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin led the ceremonial distribution of the TSeKaP Equipment package for the provinces of Aklan, Capiz and Iloilo, and Iloilo City on March 10-11, 2016 along with DOH-Regional Office VI Director Marlyn Convocar and OIC-ARD Ma. Paz Corrales.



TWENTY-EIGHT local government units from the different provinces in Region VI completed the one-year, two-modular Municipal Leadership and Governance Program (MLGP) of the Department of Health (DOH) - Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) Health Leadership and Governance Program.

The MLGP forms part of the leadership and governance capability building components of the DOH-ZFF Health Leadership and Governance Program. Anchored on the Bridging Leadership Framework, the participants to this program are mayors, municipal health officers (MHOs) and municipal planning and development officers (MPDOs).

The program aims to empower municipal health leaders to be “bridging leaders.” As such, they will be able to transform their local health systems and make health programs and services work for the community, especially the poor. It also hopes to improve health outcomes by enhancing service delivery.

The 28 LGUs which completed the program include the municipalities of Altavas, Banga, Batan, Buruanga, Ibajay, Libacao, Madalag, Malinao, Nabas and Tangalan in Aklan; Nueva Valencia in Guimaras; and Hinoba-an and Toboso in Negros Occidental.

For Iloilo, the LGUs include Ajuy, Alimodian, Guimbal, Igbaras, Lemery, Miagao, San Joaquin, Tigbauan, Tubungan and Zarraga.

Completing the 28 LGUs are Batch 1 graduates composed of the municipalities of New Lucena and Concepcion in Iloilo; New Washington in Aklan; and Bugasong and Laua-an in Antique.

The modular training was provided by the University of the Philippines-Visayas as academic partner. Coaching and monitoring sessions were conducted by personnel of the DOH Regional Office VI during practicum.

As part of the course deliverables, municipal health leaders are to improve their municipal health indicators and engage other local stakeholders such as the municipal health board.

Selected mayors shared their leadership journey during the Colloquium held at Casa Real de Iloilo on February 5, March 10, and 17, 2016 and presented new institutional arrangements in their municipalities, best practices, innovative programs, and health outcomes achieved.