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BarangayHealthBatch1Last June 25-26, 2015, the Municipality of Dalaguete and the Department of Health- Regional Office 7 conducted the First Batch of Barangay Health Leadership and Management Program (BHLMP) Training at Blue Pot Family Resort, Cawayan, Dalaguete, Cebu. Batch 1 participants were the 11 barangays composing the North Zone, namely: Balud, Banhigan, Casay, Cawayan, Jolomaynon, Lanao, Lumbang, Malones, Pañas, Poblacion, and Tuba. Each barangay was represented by the Barangay Captain, Sangguniang Barangay (SB) Chair on Health, Barangay Health Worker (BHW) Leader and Rural Health Midwife (RHM).

Facilitators from DOH-RO 7 included Development Management Officers Edna Palacios, Ofelia Dotillos, Mariles Plarisan and Madelene Ocampo; Dr. Nelner Diez-Omus, Dr. Cristina Tabucan, Monica Katrina Giango and Monalisa Gantuangco. Also present were Vice-Mayor Jeffrey B. Belciña, Municipal Councilor William O. Lagahid, Dr. Jose Edgar V. Alonso and Engr. Donald Abraham P. Lara.

Day 1 started with a prayer then the introduction of the facilitators and participants. Vice-Mayor Belciña, in behalf of Mayor Ronald Allan G. Cesante, delivered his welcome address by acknowledging everyone’s efforts in improving the health services in each barangay. He hoped for the activity to be a fruitful one. Dr. Alonso followed by presenting the health situational status of the municipality while Jesusa Alonso, Supervising Nurse, showed the health status of each of the 11 North Zone barangays. The participants were then asked to draw a problem tree and write the main issue/problem in their respective barangay, and the causes and effects of that problem. Other subjects that were tackled on the first day were the “Six Building Blocks of the Health System” and the “Duties and Responsibilities of the Barangay Health Board”.   

Sessions for Day 2 included “Effective Communication”, “Quality Information”, “Three Delays Model”, and “San Pablo’s Transformation Story.” One of the highlights of the day was the video presentation on the story of one-year-old Rosario. The participants were grouped into three and asked to identify the three delays leading to the death of baby Rosario as shown in the video. Each barangay also discussed and reported their action plans for their barangay health system.

Dr. Alonso was grateful for the involvement of the barangay officials to strengthen the barangay health governance in order to provide improved quality health care services. To wrap things up, Engr. Lara updated on the preparations of the local government in organizing projects related to health and sanitation under the Kalahi-CIDSS while stressing to the participants the significance of conducting regular Barangay Health Board meetings.            

To keep them reminded, participants were provided with the learning journal and workbook of the Barangay Health Leadership and Management Workshop.

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