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(Top photo) Health Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin leads the inauguration of the Birthing Clinic in Calinog, Iloilo. (Lower photos) An elderly woman avails of free flu vaccine while Regional Nutritionist and Dietician, Ma. Azucena Arroyo (right), of DOH RO VI lectures on infant and young child feeding to pregnant mothers at the Municipal Covered Gym of Calinog, Iloilo.


HUNDREDS of people in Calinog, Iloilo availed of health services during the Kalusugang PamPamilya Roadshow held recently at the Covered Gym of the municipality.

Personnel from the Department of Health Regional Office VI (DOH-RO VI) in coordination with the Iloilo Provincial Health Office and the Rural Health Office of Calinog converged for the conduct of health services to more than 200 people that included influenza and pneumococcal immunization for senior citizens and implanon for consenting mothers.

Joining the conduct of health fora were personnel from the Population Commission (PopCom) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corp (PhilHealth). Lectures were given to pregnant mothers on nutrition, breastfeeding, oral health, family planning and PhilHealth benefits. Separate discussions on health and nutrition were also given to the youth, men and elderly.
Health Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin graced the activity and stressed the importance of newborn and maternal health care. The DOH, she said, is pushing for 100% birth delivery at birthing facilities.

Sec. Garin also led the inauguration of the Birthing Center located near the Calinog Municipal Hall as one of the highlights of the event.

Also present during the Roadshow were DOH VI Regional Director Marlyn W. Convocar, Provincial Administrator Raul Banias, Calinog Mayor Alex Centena, Bingawan, Iloilo Mayor Matt Palabrica, Iloilo Provincial Health Officer Patricia Grace Trabado and Municipal Health Officers from Iloilo province.


The Department of Health (DOH) awarded local government units (LGUs) and health workers nationwide who have shown exemplary work in helping achieve DOH’s vision of establishing better health systems in the year 2014.

This is one of the strategies of DOH to leverage LGU participation in achieving universal health care or Kalusugan Pangkalahatan.

A total of 40 awards were given. Winners received trophies and cash prizes ranging from P50,000 to P1,000,000 during the awarding ceremony last February 20, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. The ceremony was dubbed as the Harmonized Awarding 2014 and it was attended by local chief executives and representatives from various provinces and municipalities.


THE Department of Health- Regional Office VI (DOH RO VI) recently launched its Digital Lay-out Design Contest for Expanded Newborn Screening (ENBS) among students from different colleges and universities in Iloilo.

The contest is aimed at producing a design that would be used in information materials to promote the Expanded Newborn Screening.

NBS is a simple procedure done for newborn within 24 hours after delivery to find out if the baby has a congenital metabolic disorder that may lead to mental retardation or even death if left untreated. It was first introduced in the Philippines in 1996 and was later integrated into the public health delivery system with the passage of Republic Act 9288 or the Newborn Screening Act of 2004.

THE Department of Health (DOH) is now accepting nominees for the 2015 Outstanding Healthy Lifestyle Advocacy Awards or OHLAA.

OHLAA recognizes city and municipal government units, government, non-government and professional organizations, business/commercial establishments and academic institutions for their exemplary work in advocating preventive measures against non-communicable diseases (NCD).  

For more details, please see this link.

 Total  No. of Cases  as of January 4, 2015 -   148 

reported thru 
Online National Electronic Injury Surveillance System  (ONEISS)

  • Province of  Aklan- 15 (10 %)                                 
  • Province of  Antique- 7 (4 %)  
  • Province of  Capiz   -  11  (7 %)                                  
  • Province of  Iloilo-  37 (25 %)                                 
  • Province of  Negros Occidental- 29 (20 %)           
  • Province of  Guimaras-   3 (2%)                             
  • City of  Bacolod- 22  (14%)                                         
  • City  of  Iloilo- 24 (16%)


3 Components of APIR 

  • Firecracker Injuries- 141  or  95 %
  • Stray Bullets – 5  or 4 %
  • Ingestion- 2  or 1 %