Category: Kalusugan Muna

PGT-UPMASA joint medical, dental, surgical mission a huge success

THE joint medical, dental and surgical mission undertaken by the Provincial Government of Tarlac (PGT) and the UPMASA (University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Society in America) last January 29 to 31 was a huge success as Tarlaqueños were able to avail of the free services at the Tarlac Provincial Hospital.

The three-day mission, a collaboration between the PGT, UPMASA and the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Manila was able evaluate and treat underserved patients of the province.

One thousand beneficiaries were able to avail of the medical services through check-up, medications and diagnostics, 300 were provided dental services including assessment and tooth extractions, 150 underwent minor surgeries in a variety of cases and 60 Tarlaqueños availed of major surgeries in a variety of cases.

Major surgeries undertaken were Thyroidectomy, Fistulectomy, Open Cholecystectomy, Herniotomy, Herniorrhaphy, Hemorrhoidectomy, Abdominal Perineal Operation (APR), Mastectomy, Soft Tissue Tumor (skin cancers and lesions, etc.), OB-GYN cases (ovarian cyst, fibro tumors, vaginal prolapse), Uncomplicated orthopedic cases and Cleft Lip while minor surgical cases include lumps and bumps. CBC, Chest X-ray, ECG were likewise performed.

UPMASA is composed of 62 delegates while Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Manila has 43 delegates. Pediatrician, Anesthesiologist, Dentist, Thoracic Surgeon, OB-Gyne, Otolaryngologist, Neurologist, Plastic Surgeon Psychologist, Cardiologist, Medical Technologist, Dental Technician, Radiologist and Nurses were among the specialist in the mission.—Arvin F. M. Cabalu

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Ceremonial Signing of the Inter-LGU MOA for the Province-Wide Health System of Tarlac

DEPARTMENT of Health Region III Director Dr. Corazon Flores, Tarlac Governor Susan Yap and the 18 local government units of the province of Tarlac signed the Inter-LGU Memorandum of Agreement for the province-wide health system integration at the Capitol Center Building Roof Deck last August 31.

The MOA signing is aimed to ensure equitable access to affordable and quality health care services and protection against financial risk and progressive realization of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act through systematic approach and clear role delineation.

The ceremonial signing, attended by Mayors Nora Modomo of Sta. Ignacia, Donya Tesoro of San Manuel, Rex Villa Agustin of Victoria, Romeo Capitulo of San Jose, Jappy De Dios of Anao, Elma Macadamia of San Clemente, Iluminado Pobre Jr. of Mayantoc, Celso Banag of Ramos, Erlon Agustin of Camiling, Roseller Rodriguez of Capas and Venus Jordan of La Paz and Vice Mayors Epoy Balmores of Pura and Ramon Benito Aquino of Moncada, Board Members Romeo Evangelista Jr., Joy Gilbert Lamorena, Danilo Asiaten, Harmes Sembrano and Christopher delos Reyes, former Governor and Tarlac second district Representative Victor Yap, Bureau of Local Health Systems Development Director Dr. Lester Tan and Provincial DoH Head Maria Noel Lim is likewise meant to motivate Local Chief Executives to come together and agree to integrate their health systems into one under the stewardship of the province for effective and efficient implementation of the UHC.

In her welcome address, Gov. Yap said that the ceremonial signing for a province-wide UHC coverage is momentous for the province of Tarlac as it will benefit more Tarlaqueños. For his part, former Gov. and Rep. Victor Yap said that those who are financially capable and those who have less in life must be given an equal opportunity to a quality health care. “Gaya ng ako ang gubernador noon, ang gusto ko ay ang duktor ng mayaman ay duktor din ng mahirap,” he said.

He added that, “Ang gusto ko sana mangyari sa pondo para sa kalusugan ay mismong sa tao natin binibigay hindi kung kani-kaninong nanunungkulan o ahensiya. Masyadong nahihirapan ang taong bayan pag nangangailangan ng tulong mdikal. Kailangan pa nilang lumapit kung kanino para lang maka kuha ng tulong,” the former Gov. and Rep. said.

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Tarlac Blood Council Cites Benefactors, Supporters

The Tarlac Provincial Blood Council held its 13th awarding ceremonies for the benefactors and supporters of the Voluntary Blood Donation Program at the Bulwagan ng mga Gubernador, August 30.

Themed “Share Life, Give Blood,” the awarding of plaques was led by Governor Susan Yap, Philippine Red Cross Secretary General Dr. Gwendolyn Pang, League of Municipalities of the Philippines -Tarlac Chapter President Mayor Estelita Aquino, former Tarlac Red Cross Administrator Luciano Paras, Provincial DOH Office Tarlac Head Maria Noel Lim Tarlac Red Cross BOD Chairman Jesus Cano Chua and Vice Chairman Benigno Chua.

In her message, Gov. Yap congratulated all the awardees and expressed her sincerest gratitude to the blood donors that have been the partner of the provincial government and Tarlac Red Cross in providing life-saving services.

She likewise made mention of the importance of blood donors especially during the three-year pandemic where many of those inflicted with Covid-19 needed blood transfusion.

“Patuloy ang pagbibigay natin ng kaukulang tulong sa Philippine Red Cross hindi lamang sa pamamagitan ng karampatang pondo kundi maging sa tulong ng mga blood donors sa ating probinsiya,” – Gov. Yap

Awarded were the International Wiring System Philippines and Tarlac Police Provincial Office for the category Outstanding Blood Service Partner of the Year; the municipalities of Victoria, San Clemente, La Paz, Sta. Ignacia, Mayantoc, Capas, Moncada and Anao, the Department of Education-Tarlac Province, Señor Sto. Niño Hospital, Inc., Philippine Air Force Headquarters 710th Special Operations Wing, M. Napeñas Multi-Specialty Hospital and the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) received the Blood Services Platinum Award for supporting mass blood donation for fifth consecutive years with minimum of 500 units.

Special award was given to SM City-Tarlac, Dera Sacha Sauda India, and the municipalities of Paniqui, Camiling and Concepcion for their exemplary and outstanding support to the Voluntary Blood Donation Program.
Hall of Fame Award was bestowed to Barangays Guevarra, Matayumtayum, Rizal, Balanoy, Sierra, Dumarais, Comillas and Lomboy in La Paz, Sitel Philippines Inc. and Camp Aquino Station Hospital for their outstanding support, commitment and active involvement in the program for three consecutive years or more.

Diploma Service Award went to Barangays Mamonit and Poblacion Norte in Mayantoc and the Tarlac Electric Cooperative II.

A plaque of appreciation was given to Tarlac City, Isagani Lodge, Barangays Caramutan, Caut, Bantog, Paludpud, Macalong, Motrico, Mayang, San Roque, La Purisima, Lara, Laungcupang and San Isidro in La Paz, Bounty Fresh, Dating Daan, Nissin Universal Robina, 3rd Mechanized Infantry Division, Cindy’s Bakery, Nirmal Temple, Radio Maria, Eagles Club, Phelps Dodge, ON Semiconductor, Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers, Municipality of Pura, Pi Sigma Fraternity, Knight of Columbus (TSU), PCEDO, TPLEx, Loving Mother Hospital, Centro Collegio de Tarlac, Barangay Matatalaib in Tarlac City, Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (TSU), Barangay Mamonit in Mayantoc.

Samahang Ilocano, Rotaract Club of Tarlac Metro, Tau Gamma Phi (TSU), PGBI, Triskelions-Concepcion, Concepcion LGU, Magic Star Mall, Tarlac Medical Center, Crow Valley, SSTS, Tarelco I, Watermart Capas, Paniqui and Concepcion, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Talon Hospital, Central Azucarera H/S Annex, Filipino-Indian Club, Baras-Baras and Mababanaba H/S, San Nicolas E/S, Jecsons Medical Center, Civil Society Organization-Gerona, D’Luxe Bags, Capas Medical Center, Caritas-Tarlac, DPWH, Bounty Freash Concepcion and Basmban, McDonalds-Tarlac, TSU Rotaract Club and Red Cross Council, Ramos General Hospital, INC-La Paz, Bethany Christian School-Tarlac, TSU Law School, Phi Beta Rho, NIA-Tarlac, Alpha Phi Omega, Plebeian Academy, Barangay Campo Santo 2 in Moncada, Traveler’s Tambayan (TSU), STI College-Tarlac, AMA Computer College, Cardona National H/S, Tarlac United Methodist Church and Charoen Pokphand Foods for their meritous involvement or participation in Philippine Red Cross services or activity with a minimum of 50 blood units collected.

Edward Carilo was awarded the Gold Award for donating 100 times or 25,000 cc of blood. A testimonial plaque was also given to the Provincial Government of Tarlac.

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Tarlac imposes restrictions on unvaxxed individuals

The Provincial Government of Tarlac announced that it will begin to impose restrictions on the movement of unvaccinated and non-fully vaccinated individuals amid the sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in the province.

The imposition of the restrictions is through the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Ordinance No. 01-2022 passed on January 12 titled: “An Ordinance Regulating the Mobility of Unvaccinated and Non-Fully Vaccinated Individuals Within the Territorial Jurisdiction of the Province of Tarlac.”

The ordinance, signed by Governor Susan Yap, Vice Governor Carlito “Casada” David and all the thirteen board members of the province, is aimed to protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among the people of Tarlac province.

The ordinance states that all unvaccinated and non-fully vaccinated individuals in the Province of Tarlac shall remain in their residences at all times except for the procurement of essential goods and services; prohibited in indoor and outdoor dining in restaurants and other food establishments and shall likewise be prohibited from leisure or social trips; prohibited in domestic travel via public transportation by land, sea, and air except for the procurement of essential goods and services; required to undergo a Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction [RT PCR] test every two weeks at their personal expense and present a COVID-19 negative result prior to being admitted for work onsite consistent with the guidelines, rules, and regulations issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force [IATF] and the Department of Labor and Employment;

The restrictions likewise include individuals who reside outside of Tarlac who work and or travel in and out of the province.

Individuals who violated the ordinance shall be charged with the penalties of P500 for the first offense, P1,000 for the second offense and P3,000 for the third and subsequent offenses.

The ordinance also states that any establishment found to be in violation of this Ordinance shall be charged with P3,000 fine for the first offense; P5,000, suspension of business permit and temporary closure order for the second offense and P5,000, cancellation of business permit and closure order for the third offense.

The regulation is subject to further guidelines or orders of the IATF or the Office of the President.

The ordinance will be in force and shall remain effective while the COVID-19 alert level in the Province of Tarlac is at Alert Level 2 or higher and shall be automatically lifted once Alert Level 1 is declared.

According to the vice governor, the adoption of the said resolution was made primarily “to save lives and livelihood.”

“Unvaccinated individuals are at a higher risk if infected with the virus. The regulation of the mobility of this vulnerable segment of the population is also a better alternative to a total lockdown that affects the entire economy,” Lino said in a statement.

The province-wide enforcement of the restriction focuses on areas with a high possibility of COVID-19 transmission such as public transportation and closed spaces, and areas which have seen increased COVID-19 cases and low vaccination rates.

Meanwhile, fully vaccinated individuals who wish to enter public and private establishments are then required to present proof of vaccination and a valid government ID with their picture and address.

Unvaccinated people are required to stay in their homes at all times under the MMDA resolution, with the exception of buying needed goods and services such as food, water, medical services, public utilities, and work.

They are also forbidden from indoor and outdoor or al fresco dining in restaurants and other food establishments, leisure and social trips to malls, hotels, event venues, sports, country clubs, and similar facilities.

Traveling via public transit — except for the procurement of essential goods and services — is likewise prohibited.

Individual outdoor activity is still, however, permitted for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, age, or comorbidities.

Arvin F. M. Cabalu

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Riza Hontiveros conducts MedCap in Tarlac City

Reelectionist Senator Risa Hontiveros led last January 12, the Healthy Pinas Mobile Health Diagnostic Clinic Medical Mission to give free medical services to Tarlaqueños.

The state-of-the-art mobile clinic which can serve a maximum of 300 indigent patients a day was brought to the Luisita Covered Court and provided free consultation, free Electro Cardiograph [ECG], free blood and urinalysis test, free Doppler Ultrasound and free antigen test.

“Hindi lamang Covid-19 ang kalaban natin sa kalusugan. Nariyan ang cancer, heart disease, diabetis, hypertension, ang mga nagda-dialysis, at iba pa. Kailangan rin silang bigyan ng agarang pansin. Ang mga serbisyo sa Healthy Pinas van ay makakatulong sa pagmo-monitor ng mga common diseases. Ang check up na dati ay hirap silang makuha sa ospital, libre nilang makukuha dito,” Hontiveros said.

Hontiveros said the mobile clinic is able to provide high-quality diagnostic services.

The clinic will also offer diagnostic and medical consultation services to be conducted by doctors.

Hontiveros said the project hopes to exemplify “bayanihan on wheels.”

The medical mission was warmly welcomed and thanked by Governor Susan Yap, Tarlac City Mayor Cristy Angeles and the Sangguniang Panlunsod.

“Lubos po tayong nagpapasalamat kay Sen. Risa dahil sa muling pagkakataon ay napili ang ating siyudad sa kanyang medical missions sa siya ring adhikain natin na nais mapagaan ang pagtugon sa pangkalahatang kalusugan lalo na’t nasa ilalim tayo ng banta ng pandemya,” Angeles said.

For her part, Yap said that the medical mission of the senator is a boost to the wellbeing of those who benefitted.

“It is hard to battle Covid-19 and it would be doubly hard if our wellbeing is not given much attention,” Yap said.


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IFSA, Khan group turn-over ambulance, fire truck to PGT

THE International Fire Safety Association [IFSA] and the Khan Group Corporation turned-over an ambulance and a fire truck to the Provincial Government of Tarlac in a simple ceremony held in front of the provincial capitol, October 18.

Governor Susan Yap and Board Member Jude Joseph David who received the donations likewise received for the provincial government a “tuk-tuk” trimotor from KServico South Luzon.

The vehicles will be used in the fire-fighting and Covid-19 responses of the province.

Gov. Yap thanked IFSA, Khan Group and KServico for their donation and said that it will boost the current fleet that the provincial government have.

Present during the turn-over ceremony are IFSA Chairperson Deborah Hwang, Khan Group Executive Officer Kim Chi and Jesus del Rosario, Jesus V. Del Rosario Foundation Executive Director Gina Bulanhagui, KServico South Luzon Vice President Lithel Arcenilla, Trimotors Technology Corporation Territorial Sales Manaer Christian Guerrero, KServico Tarlac Supervisor Raolyn Silvano and Bajaj Supervisor-Tarlac Region Renato Gagelonia Jr.

Likewise present are TCLASS Head Maria Lira Reyes, PDRRM Officer Marvin Guiang and Richard Co of the Filipino-Chinese Fire Volunteer Brigade.


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