The Municipality of Dalaguete’s local mental health program, UTAC Program, emerged as 2nd runner up during the awarding ceremony of the 2019 Americares Philippines Award of Excellence in Mental Health and Psychosocial Support held in the evening of Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City.

The municipality was among eight localities in Cebu Province which have established mental health programs that were carefully evaluated for distinction in governance, program and services implementation, and documentation.

This award is a commemoration of the immense support for the UTAC Program gathered from various stakeholders in the public and the private sectors, but ultimately owes its success to the continued participation and enthusiasm of its mentally-incapacitated patients, their families and the whole community.

UTAC Program, now running in its second year, continues to provide free services and medications during monthly consultations in the municipality in collaboration with the Philippine Mental Health Association – Cebu Chapter, steadfastly breaking the stigma against mental health and illness while mainstreaming mental health as an equally emergent issue on well-being.