(Metro News) Caloocan receives P3.750-M grant from DOH’s DOH-CHD-MM

October 11, 2011 10:58 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 11 – Caloocan City Mayor Enrico Echiverri on Monday received a P3.750 million check from Department of Health Center for Health Development-Metro Manila (DOH-CHD-MM) Regional Director Eduardo Janairo as initial assistance for the local government's Citywide Investment Plans for Health (CIPH).

The mayor said the assistance is a big boost to the local government’s campaign in protecting the residents’ health.

He said CIPH is a medium-term plan covering health-related activities to be overseen by the City Health Office (CHO) over a period of three to five years, along with the help of local health partners.

Likewise, the CIPH is meant to improve a city’s “medium-term public investment plan in health.” It could also serve as a guide for the local government unit (LGU) and the DOH in looking after the health of constituents.

“The bulk of this fund will be used to increase equitable access to health care and the utilization of reproductive, maternal and newborn health, goods and services in priority areas,” said Janairo.

The regional director added “It will also be used to enhance the effectiveness of the national and sub-national support to local planning, implementations, and monitoring of the DOH’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Nutrition strategy.”

Echiverri thanked the CMD-MM for choosing Caloocan as one of the first beneficiaries of the CIPH program.

“We need to strengthen our local government unit’s health care system for us to respond to emergency cases such as an outbreaks and calamities and provide effective and efficient health care services to our constituents,” Echiverri said.

Janairo also handed over to Echiverri another P387,000 check for the re-enrolment of indigents to the PhilHealth Sabado Program, and a computer unit to store data for Caloocan’s Local Tobacco Control Campaign. (PNA)

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