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New RHU Building Inaugurated

Dr. Michael Vince Castelo, the Municipal Health Officer, was teary eyed as he delivered his speech. Not only was he celebrating his birthday (January 15), his biggest accomplishment was about to be inaugurated. For the first time in the history of Dolores, a new building to serve as the Rural Health Unit, complete with a birthing facility, laboratory, dentist room, nurses quarters, and soon to be PhilHealth accredited has been put up.
Construction of the 1.5 Million Peso building plus 1 Million Pesos worth of Equipment were funded by the Department of Health through the Health Facility Enhancement Program. The Japan International Cooperation Agency also donated another 1 million peso worth of equipment which include a delivery table, examining table, recovery bed, blood pressure apparatus for adult and pediatrics, resuscitation bags for adult and newborn, gooseneck lamp, an air conditioner and a generator among others.
Assisted by Dr. Castelo, SB Lito Cortez, SB Sesy Seares, PHO EPI Coordinator Tita Turqueza, and Rev. Fr. Emilio Cortez, Mayor JR Seares performed the ceremonial Ribbon Cutting. In his message, he credited the carpenters and the engineers who have tirelessly given all their effort since construction began Mid-October last year. He expressed confidence in the RHU continuing to become more productive and that additional funding coming from the PhilHealth’s Capitation Fees will be arriving for the RHU once the RHU acquires its Philhealth Accreditation.
Rev. Fr. Emilio Cortez performed the Spiritual Blessing of the building through prayer and sprinkling of Holy Water.

Pics of the Event can be found at our Facebook Page.

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AKO Training by PhilHealth Conducted, JICA main sponsors

For some reason, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) really loves Abra. They have been putting up projects in different municipalities, sponsoring seminars, trainings, and workshops for our doctors, nurses, and midwives, all geared towards uplifting the health system and the health status of the people.
This time, JICA partnered with the Philippine Health Insurance Company (PhilHealth) to train Barangay Kagawads, Barangay Health Workers and other Focal Persons who are in constant interaction with the community to serve as Advocate of Knowledge Officers (AKO).
The goal is for the members to be informed of their benefits, registration, contribution and availment procedures. However, the corporation’s human resource would not suffice to reach out to the millions of people it covers. With trained AKO Officers, the information is available within the community.
The training will equip participants with the right amount of information needed to assist members, beneficiaries and even potential members in navigating their way thru PhilHealth’s membership programs and benefits.
Pictures of the Event can be found at our Facebook Page.