MMDA convenes Metro City Health officers

April 14, 2015 4:01 am 

MANILA, April 13 — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday convened the city health officers of the 17 local government units (LGUs) of Metro Manila to lay out the groundwork for the agency’s vision and role in strengthening public health and enjoin active participation in promoting a healthy living environment in Metro Manila.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the discussion focused on bridging the gaps in the promotion of urban health in Metro Manila.

“We need to establish constant and dynamic communication between MMDA and the city health officers in order to strengthen their role in the development of plans, projects, and programs that will have an impact on the environment,” Tolentino said.

“To city health officers ang bilin ko sa kanila yung monitoring sa palengke sa labas mayroon kasi barangay health workers pag monitor na may tinitinda na may Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food supplement,” he said.

The meeting, first to be conducted by the MMDA in recent years, include participants from the Department of Health – National Capital Region and representatives from the Association of Health Officers of Metro Manila.

“This meeting comes at a time when, according to the World Health Organization Commission on Social Determinants of Health, environment-related health risk factors such as air and water pollution, poor sanitation and nutrition, and unhealthy lifestyle, influence 80 percent of communicable and non-communicable diseases.

The MMDA, with the involvement of the LGUs, can significantly turn Metro Manila into a hub of healthy living through various initiatives and programs that will protect its people from hazards and threats,” the MMDA chief said.

Through the years, the MMDA introduced several programs, which included an intensified anti-smoking campaign, anti-littering, Linis Palengke, Estero Blitz, and Lingap sa Barangay among others, to address health, sanitation, environmental protection, and public safety, which were among its seven mandates.

Tolentino looks forward to hearing the participants’ plans, suggestions, and priority programs to further improve public health and environmental protection. (PNA)

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