As a result of the 2-day Strategic Planning of South Cotabato public hospitals held on September 19-20, 2019, Mahintana-HEALTH Plus project facilitates the one-day workshop on the Finalization of policy on Free Hospitalization program of the province. This was held on October 09, 2019, Wednesday at Viajera Dine, Koronadal City with 15 participants coming from South Cotabato Provincial Hospital (SCPH), Norala District Hospital (NDH), Upper Valley Community Hospital (UVCH) and Polomolok Municipal Hospital (PMH). The activity, which is facilitated by Ms. Mary Luzviminda T. Herezo, Mahintana Training Consultant and Ms. Jea Roque, RPh, HEALTH Plus Supervising Pharmacist, aims to finalize the policy and guidelines of Free Hospitalization program and establish the organizational structure of South Cotabato Hospital Management Team and its committees for presentation and approval of the Provincial Governor Hon. Reynaldo S. Tamayo Jr. At the end of the workshop, the group agreed for Dr. Conrado Brana, head of the Hospital Management Team (HMT), to set a schedule with the Gov. Tamayo to present said policy and the HMT organizational structure and seek his approval. They also agreed for Ms. Roditt Tolentino, SCPH Admin Officer to finalize the policy and send it to all participants for their comments and other additions.
On October 02-03, 2019, Mahintana’s HEALTH Plus Project conducted its 3rd quarterly PPF and HPSiS team meeting at Roadhaus Hotel, General Santos City attended by 1 management staff, 10 PPF staff and 15 HPSiS team leaders and pharmacy assistants. The 2-day activity intends to enhance knowledge and skills of participants on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) based on FDA standards and re-orient them on Supply Chain and Accounting processes and procedures. It also aims to present and update the team on the accomplishments of each HPSiS outlet and the HEALTH Plus project as a whole.
The first day started with a presentation on Supply Chain Processes by Mr. Nolimar G. Abesar, Project Supply Chain Officer, which includes procedures on purchasing, delivery, emergency purchase, recording purchase request and sales in the project’s system. It was then followed by Resource Speaker, Ms. Reyza A. Gabilagon, RPh, on the topic Good Manufacturing Practices specifically on the good distribution, storage and dispensing practices as well as the appropriate measures in maintaining a good quality and integrity when dealing pharmaceutical products and devices. Afterwards, Ms. Normelita R. Lauron, PPF and South Cotabato Bookkeeper, discussed on the accounting procedures and processes focusing on the preparation and management of sales, petty cash fund and revolving drug fund. For admin concerns, Ms. Everly N. Planes, Admin Assistant together with Mr. Froilan Dave B. Cosep, Project Bookkeeper of SarGen area discussed on payroll computation and DTR concerns.
On the second day of the activity, HPSiS team leaders presented its accumulated accomplishments as of August 2019 on hospital admissions, served and unserved prescriptions, statement of profit and loss and aging of accounts receivables. In addition, Ms. Margie S. Managuit, Project Manager, presented the consolidated accomplishments and updates of the entire project. She also gave a brief orientation on Universal Health Care Act and challenged the team on the future directions and opportunities of the project.
RESOURCEGov Project Team conducted Pre-Annual Review Meeting on October 1, 2019 at Las Casitas Inn, Matina, Davao City to prepare for the upcoming Annual Review and Planning Workshop to be held on October 24-25, 2019. The meeting was attended by 16 project management and staff (Male 8, Female 8). Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker presented the provisional agenda to be finalized, as well as, the list of the invitees from the government line agencies and other adopters of the project interventions. MINCODE Executive Director Ms. Raizsa Mae Anayatin shared the workshop mechanics and the guide questions to be answered. Lastly, Project Head Bookkeeper Ms. Jovelyn L. Vilbar presented the budget performance report and the spending plan template. It was agreed that the accomplishment and financial reports, and spending plan will be sent to MINCODE and member networks for their reference
In its effort to improve the implementation of Essential Drug Distribution project cum “HEALTH Plus” in DJPRH, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. facilitates its Quarterly Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting held on October 01, 2019 at DJPRH Conference Room. It was attended by 7 representatives from DJPRH led by their Chief of Hospital, Dr. Ryan Oscar Aplicador, who facilitated the meeting and Hospital Administrator, Mr. Glennville Gabriel Francis Gonzalez and 6 representatives from Mahintana Foundation, Inc. led by Ms. Liza D. Hora, Admin and Finance Officer and Ms. Margie S. Managuit, HEALTH Plus Project Manager. There was a presentation of accomplishments and updates of the project by Ms. Jea A. Roque, RPh, HEALTH Plus Supervising Pharmacist. At the end of the meeting, the participants agreed for Mahintana: 1. to provide technical assistance to DJPRH in the data gathering of the hospital admission and served and unserved prescriptions; 2. to provide the list of near expiry drugs, medicines and supplies to Dr. Aplicador; 3. to do tracking/monitor of billing/SOAs at the City Hall level; 4. to check the inventory list of HPSiS and pull-out Type C items or those non-moving inventory items; 5. to analyze the number of HPSiS staff vs. the monthly sales of the HPSiS; 6. to charge expired drugs, medicines and supplies to 70% share of the hospital. They also agreed for DJPRH: 1. to request for drugs, medicines and supplies for approval by Chief of Hospital; 2. Pharmacy to do dispensing of drugs, medicines and supplies as one of the DOH requirements; HPSiS are not allowed to deliver since they are not organic to the hospital; 3. Supply Officer to forward the list of drugs, medicines and supplies required for emergency cart of 10 wards to HPSiS for canvass and quotation. Ms. Jean Montenegro, DJPRH Accountant, updated the group that the City Accounting Office and DJPRH has initially formulated easier, practical and acceptable billing process to be implemented the soonest possible. She will update and again, call for another TWG meeting to present the said process.
To update its associate partner on the project accomplishments, RESOURCEGov Project convenes with DILG 12 on Sept. 30, 2019 at Cicada Conference Room, Kalsangi Clubhouse, Polomolok, South Cotabato. It was attended by 34 (Male 16, Female 18) including the DILG 12 Regional Director Ms. Josephine Leysa, CESO V and Assistant Regional Director Ms. Lailyn Ortiz and the provincial directors.
The team, spearheaded by Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker, presented the project accomplishments particularly the LGUs who adopted the ODK, Qlik and LITS, and the other line agencies and organizations that adopted the systems such as the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) 12, South Cotabato Provincial Project Monitoring Committee (PPMC), the commitments in the Open Government Partnership (OGP), and partnership with the Surigao del Sur Academy for Good Governance. Mr. Blanker also presented the flow of the Annual Review and Planning Workshop on October 24-25, 2019. He encouraged the presence of the DILG directors for the planning for the 3rd year and the sustainability of the project. DILG 12 RD Ms. Leysa encouraged the saturation of the systems in the regional line agency by utilisation of ODK in the monitoring and ISO Certification processes. She also suggested that the probable 3rd phase shall focus on the journey of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Program particularly on increasing the revenue of the LGUs of the region. Ms. Leysa hopes that the number of the Region 12 LGU SGLG passers will double in the next years.
Having attended the Mindanao Learning Exchange on August 29, 2019 and learned about the ODK System, Mindanao Alliance of Self-Help Societies Southern Philippines Educational Cooperative Center (MASS-SPECC) expressed its interest to adopt the system to be used in profiling and data collection of the different member cooperatives. Thus, RESOURCEGov Project Team oriented the MASS-SPECC Manager and IT Manager in their office. Eventually, MASS SPECC might tap MINCODE and RESOURCEGOV Team in building capacity of cooperatives in using the systems and tools introduced by RESOURCEGov
RESOURCEGov Project Officers of AADC, Kasilak Foundation, PhilDHRRA and MINCODE conducted an Operations’ Meeting on September 23, 2019 at Villa La Selva Agri-Tourism Resort, Lower Pisaan, San Francisco, Agusan Del Sur. The team discussed the visibility action/plan, review on the draft partnership agreement with Academy for Good Governance, and draft program for the Provincial CSO Forum for Surigao del Sur.
Mahintana staff participated in the annual International Coastal Clean–Up (ICC) on September 21, 2019 at the Minanga, Buayan with approximately 500 volunteers from BLGU Buayan Council and various civic organizations, academe, government offices and private institutions namely Red Ribbon-KCC, Mindanao Polytechnic College, BSP – Datu Acad Dalid ES, Girl Scouts of the Philippines, DepEd XII Teachers, Balite ES, Shariff Mukshin ES, Ligaya ES, Buayan NHS, City Engineer’s Office, DENR-CENRO Buayan. A total of 2,750 Kgs. or 110 sacks of residual waste (cigarette butts, food wrappers, straws, nylon strings, plastic cups, cellophanes, diapers, etc.) were collected in 0.3 km coastal area of Prk. Minanga, Buayan.
The ICC was conducted by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) – General Santos City in partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc., USAID, DENR – XII, Coca-Cola Foundation, Protected Area Management Bureau – Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (PAMB–SBPS), Philippine Coast Guard, Department of Education, Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC) – Sarangani Province, Holy Trinity College of General Santos City, PNP Regional Maritime Office – XII, General Santos Foundation, Inc., RD Foundation, and Smart Telecommunications. The event themed “Battle for Litter-Free Seas” aims to engage the surrounding coastal communities and stakeholders in cleaning beaches, coasts, rivers, waterways and underwater dive sites to remove trash and record information on the debris collected. Results will aid in better waste management policies/plans, product packaging designs and in stirring environmental consciousness among the people.
In active support to the Province of South Cotabato as Universal Health Care Implementation Site (UIS), Mahintana Foundation, Inc., through its HEALTH Plus project sponsors the 2-day Strategic Planning Workshop for province-managed public hospitals on September 19-20, 2019 at Kamari Resort, Glan, Sarangani. The workshop was participated by the Chief of Hospital, Admin Officer, Chief Nurse, Supply Officer, Chief of Clinics and department heads of South Cotabato Provincial Hospital (SCPH), Norala Distric Hospital (NDH), Polomolok Municipal Hospital (PMH) and Upper Valley Community Hospital (UVCH). The 2-day activity was facilitated by Ms. Luzviminda T. Herezo, Mahintana’s Strategic Planning Consultant, together with the facilitating team: Ms. Liza D. Hora, Admin and Finance Officer, Ms. Margie S. Managuit, HEALTH Plus Project Manager and Ms. Jea Roque, HEALTH Plus Supervising Pharmacist.
Dr. Conrado S. Brana, Jr., designated team leader of the four hospitals, deemed the need for the conduct of the said workshop in support to the Republic Act No. 11223 or the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act and the Free Hospitalization Program of the current administration under the leadership of Provincial Governor Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr. The participants were able to: identify Strengths and Weaknesses (SW) of internal environment, Opportunities and Threats (OT) of external environment, identify 3-year strategic directions, options and initial plans, and organize the Hospital Management Team (HMT) and its three committees. All outputs of the 2-day workshop will be presented to Hon. Tamayo for his approval on the 3rd week of October, 2019.
Equitable access to quality and affordable health care and protection from financial risk for the Filipino people is the goal of the UHC Act. The law aims to enroll ALL Filipinos to PhilHealth insurance as direct (employed) or indirect (unemployed, indigents, 4Ps, Senior Citizens, PWDs, etc.) contributors throigh National Household Targeting System (NHTS). It will shift from the curative and rehabilitative concept to promotive and preventive, thus the Rural Health Unit and Barangay Health Stations will be capacitated as designated “ gatekeepers” and “navigators” to screen clients and refer them to higher facility only as needed.
The Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan thru Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) Program, celebrated the 3rd ARH DAY on September 20, 2019 – Friday, held at the Polomolok Municipal Gymnasium, Poblacion, Polomolok, South Cotabato. This annual activity aims to provide a platform for the youth of Polomolok so they can express their awareness of reproductive health, STI/HIV/AIDS, substance abuse & mental health through arts and music.
This year’s theme ‘Ako. Kami. Oras Natin Ito’ – #AKONI was showcased by 110 students from 9 ARH-partner Schools and 2 Private Schools who participated in the following competitions; Modern Dance Competition & Song Writing Composition & Battle of the Bands, Rap Battle and Short Stories. These stunningly talented performances were witnessed by approximately, 6,000 students, teachers, special guests from the LGU & Dole Philippines Inc., parents as well as Mahintana staff, ARH-Partner Cooperative HEPOs and other support staff.
Messages of welcome, inspiration and support came from Municipal Health Officer Dr. Edwin D. Dipus, Councilor Hon. Florence Bansuelo-Carlos, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federated President Hon. April Dave Sorioso, and Brgy. Cannery Site Councilor Hon. David Amor. Dolefil VP & Managing Director Mr. Nicholaos Yiannakis encouraged the students to to think outside of the box and to keep an open mind. After the messages, the contest proper began. Moreover, A Collection of Teen Stories (A.C.T.S.) was launched featuring the short stories of students from ARH-partner schools and private schools. The Elimination Round for the Dance Competition and Rap Battle were conducted on August 27, 2019 and the Song Composition and Battle of the Bands on August 30, 2019. Below is the list of winners:
- Rap Battle: Champion – Upper Klinan NHS; 1st Runner up – Pablo Valencia NHS; 2nd Runner up – Polomolok NHS; 3rd Runner up – Silway 8 NHS
- Dance Competition: Champion – Poblacion Polomolok NHS; 1st Runner up – Silway 8 NHS; 2nd Runner up – Palkan NHS; 3rd Runner up – Dole Philippines School; 4th Runner up – Polomolok NHS
- Song Competition and Battle of the Bands: Champion – Saint Lorenzo School of Polomolok Inc.; 1st Runner up – Polomolok NHS; 2nd Runner up – Poblacion Polomolok NHS; 3rd Runner up – Bentung Sulit NHS; 4th Runner up – Landan NHS
- Short Story Writing: KC R. Saluna of Bentung Sulit NHS, Alessandra Dominique Yap of Dole Philippines School, and an unnamed entry from Pablo Valencia NHS.