In the midst of the calamities experienced in the southern
part of Mindanao, the bayanihan spirit is alive!
On October 31, 2019, Mahintana, Kasilak, Dolefil and Dole
Stanfilco distributed six rolls of tarpaulin (trapal) that will serve as
temporary shelter for the earthquake-afflicted families in North Cotabato. The
second batch of the Caravan of Hope was conducted on November 2, 2019 where Mahintana
Foundation, partner cooperatives, the Rotary Club Central and the Municipal
Cooperative Development Council (MCDC) of Polomolok pooled resources to be
donated to the affected. There were 321 families who received grocery packs,
clothes, beddings and water. The next
batches of the donations will be delivered within the week.
Indeed, Filipinos are resilient in the face of troubles because
of their generosity and bayanihan. #BangonMindanao
Seven management staff of
Surigao Economic Development and Microfinancing Foundation, Inc. (SEDMFI) led
by their Executive Director, Ms. Imelda Wines, conducted Learning Visit at
Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and South Cotabato Provincial Hospital (SCPH) to
benchmark on implementation of HEALTH Plus. The activity held on October 24-25,
2019 started with the presentation of the implementation of Social Franchising
System in the Philippines including history, objective, social franchising, institutional
arrangement and different business models of HEALTH Plus by Ms. Margie S.
Managuit, Project Manager. It was
followed by presentation of the 12-year experience of the foundation on HEALTH
Plus including history & background, initial investment, project areas,
12-year performance and milestones, success factors, gaps and challenges. The participants also shared the challenges
with their public hospitals which are lack of budget support to the provincial
hospital, clients are navigated to Caraga Regional Hospital due to lack of
manpower, medical supplies and equipment at the public hospitals. These concerns may be the hindering factors
for them to successfully implement the HEALTH Plus. Ms. Managuit suggested to lobby and to provide
technical assistance to the local government for the upgrading of the public
health facilities considering the implementation of the newly-approved
Universal Health Care Law.
On the second day, the participants
visited SCPH to learn on the billing and collection process with Dr. Rodit
Delfino, Admin Officer, Atty. Marnito Cosep, OIC, Provincial Legal Office and
Ms. Cynthia Barrientos, CPA, Provincial Accountant, facilitated by Ms.
Managuit. Dr. Delfino testified on the active partnership between Provincial
Government and Mahintana which is an important facilitating factor on the
successful and sustained implementation of the project. Ms. Barrientos also suggested for SEDMFI to
bring with them the provincial department heads on their next learning
visit. At the end of the 2-day
activity, SEDMFI partners were very
happy of their learning and were encouraged to implement HEALTH Plus in their
region also to increase access of more indigent patients to quality and
affordable medicines and supplies.
Mahintana also committed to assist SEDMFI in the establishment of their
chosen HEALTH Plus model/s.
The HEALTH Plus project implemented by Mahintana Foundation, Inc. conducted Technical Working Group meeting on October 23, 2019 at Maasim Municipal Hospital (MaaMH) with 3 representatives from the hospital headed by their Chief of Hospital, Dr. Rosalie Sobretodo and 3 representatives from Mahintana-HEALTH Plus led by their Project Manager, Ms. Margie S. Managuit. Ms. Jea A. Roque, RPh, HEALTH Plus Supervising Pharmacist presented the accomplishments of HEALTH Plus Shop-in-a-Shop, a hospital-based complementary pharmacy located in MaaMH and managed by the project. Accomplishments as of September, 2019 include number of patients served, served and unserved drugs and medicines, Type ABC inventory, Drug Price Comparison Survey results and financial performance. Some of the challenges raised during the meeting were the unpredictable change of fast-moving items due to change in the doctors-on-duty which led to stock-outs both at the hospital pharmacy and HPSiS and the increase amount of expenses due to renovation of HPSiS which results to a negative bottomline. At the end the meeting, the participants agreed to set-up a Revolving Drug Fund (RDF) amounting to P20,000 for the HPSiS to temporarily address stock-outs.
Four representatives from Polomolok Municipal Hospital (PMH) headed by Dr. Graciano P. Vencer, Chief of Hospital (COH), and three from Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (2 from PPF and 1 from HPSiS) led by Ms. Margie S. Managuit, HEALTH Plus Project Manager, convened for a Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting on October 18, 2019 at COH office of PMH. The meeting started with the presentation of accomplishments of HEALTH Plus Shop-in-a-Shop (HPSiS) as of September, 2019 including number of patients served, served and unserved prescriptions and financial performance. It was noted that there was really decrease in the gross revenue of the HPSiS comparing it to previous year due to the availability of drugs, medicines and supplies at hospital pharmacy. Ms. Wency Musa, PMH Admin Officer, also updated the participants that there is still P1M budget allocated for payment to Mahintana. She added that there wouldn’t be any concerns on payables of the hospital to HPSiS until the end of the year. Ms. Analyn Lingganay, PMH Liaison Officer, also raised the concern on the returned Statement of Accounts (SOAs). They then resolved and agreed that there should be checking of SOAs first at the HPSiS level before submitting it to hospital bookkeeper. They also agreed that the submission is at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily to avoid backlogs.
Ms. Managuit also informed the body that the DOH-FDA is doing their regular monitoring of the hospital pharmacies. She suggested for HPSiS to transfer beside the hospital pharmacy since the former is a rider to the LTO and under the supervision of the hospital pharmacy. At the end of the meeting, they agreed for Mahintana to fastrack the renovation of the new location of the hospital pharmacy and HPSiS; PMH also requested for 10 pallets for their storage to comply with FDA requirements.
On October 16, 2019, Mahintana
Foundation, Inc. through its HEALTH Plus project, joins the Technical Working
Group (TWG) meeting in Lake Sebu with representatives of Rural Health Unit
(RHU) and Community Health Care Complex (previously Lake Sebu Municipal
Hospital) headed by Dra. Jocelyn Bayquin, Municipal Health Officer (MHO) and
Mahintana Foundation, Inc. with Ms. Margie S. Managuit, Project Manager and Ms.
Jea A. Roque, RPh, Supervising Pharmacist and Ms. Yvonne Templonuevo, Nutripan
Coordinator. The meeting started with
updates from Dra. Bayquin on the operations of the hospital with recently
approved PhilHealth accreditation. She
stated that their petty cash of P50, 000.00 per week for medicines and supplies
will not anymore suffice the demand of increasing admitted patients. She recommended for Mahintana to fastrack
establishment of HEALTH Plus in their locality.
She added that the design and program of works for the renovation of the
location of HEALTH Plus Shop-in-a-Shop (HPSiS) is already available and the
cost has reached P158, 000.00. She added
that if ever there are concerns with FDA then the RHU will apply for its own
License to Operate (LTO) with the salaries of the registered pharmacist to be
taken from the operations of HPSiS. For the meantime, she added that, the
hospital is applying for LTO but Ms. Joyce Bagaybay, RPh, has some concerns
with the formulation of the Risk Management Plan (RMP) as one of the
requirements for LTO application. She also stated that the Ordinance
integrating RHU and hospital is already on public hearing, however, there are still
challenges on convincing Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members for its approval.
Ms. Managuit stated that she
will submit the design and program of works to management for their approval
and once approved, she will formulate the service contract and communicate with
Dra. Bayquin to start the renovation. Ms. Roque also stated that she might be
able to help in the formulation of the RMP.
Dra. Bayquin also instructed Ms. Bagaybay to provide the list of fast
moving medicines and supplies of the hospital and Ms. Guia Arroza, Public
Health Nurse, for the RHU to be submitted to Ms. Roque through email for
reference in the initial stocking of Lake Sebu HPSiS.
In line with the celebration of its 12th founding
anniversary, Mahintana-HEALTH Plus project joins the medical-dental mission cum
“Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan (LBK)” in partnership with the Provincial Government of
Sarangani through its Provincial Health Office headed by Dr. Arvin Alejandro,
Provincial Health Officer and Municipal Government of Malapatan headed by Hon.
Salway Sumbo, Municipal Mayor and Dr. Bong Remitar, Municipal Health
Officer. The LBK was held in Barangay
Kinam, Malapatan on October 15, 2019, also in line with the celebration of
their 6th Tuke Fali Festival. Barangay Kinam is one of the
Geographically Isolated and Depressed Areas (GIDAs) where majority of its residents
are Blaans and other Indigenous Peoples.
The activity served at least 482 indigent patients with dental and
laboratory services, family planning and implanon insertion, medical
consultation and distribution of free medicines, feeding of undernourished
children, PhilHealth enrollment, and dog vaccination. The pregnant women were
given priority in order to address challenges on maternal and child mortalities.
Several residents also availed the PhilHealth enrollment to ensure access to free
government health services whenever they are hospitalized. Additional residents
will also be served of the same services through the Rural Health Unit of Malapatan
and DOH Human Resources for Health manpower the following day, October 16.
Mahintana Foundation, Inc.,
through its HEALTH Plus project sponsors the Association of Municipal/City
Health Officers of the Philippines (AMCHOP) – South Cotabato Chapter Quarterly
Meeting on October 15, 2019 at Viajera Dine, Koronadal City, South
Cotabato. The meeting was attended by 5
Municipal Health Officers (MHOs) from Sto. Nino, T’boli, Tantangan, Tampakan
and Lake Sebu, 3 representatives from Integrated Provincial Health Office
(IPHO) headed by Dr. Rogelio Aturdido, Jr., Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and
2 representatives from Mahintana Foundation, Inc. Dra. Jocelyn Bayquin, MHO of
Lake Sebu, AMCHOP President and presider of the meeting, started with giving of
rationale which is a follow-through activity of the Strategic Planning workshop
held at Venue 88 and clear out any misunderstanding regarding the Universal Health
Care (UHC) implementation. She updated
the group that the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the law has already
been signed thus, will become the basis of the province’s implementation as one
of the advanced sites. Dr. Aturdido also
updated the group that the Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) with their Bridging
Leadership program will gather the Provincial Governor and all Municipal/City
Mayors to orient them about UHC and deepen their understanding on the Special
Health Fund on October 22, 2019. Mr.
John Salcedo, IPHO Admin Officer, also provided the group updates about the
Local Investment Plan for Health (LIPH) as an output of the strategic planning
workshop. Ms. Marifort R. Rodel, IPHO
point person on UHC, presented the UHC implementation plan of the province for
the next 6 years per integration area: technical, managerial and financial. She also informed the participants that they should
start with their survey since the deadline of PhilHealth on the submission of
the results will be on or before December 31, 2019. Dra. Evelyn Diosana, MHO of Sto Nino, raised
the concern on the budget for printing of survey forms. Ms. Hora suggested that instead of having
manual profiling, for the RHUs to utilize the paperless Open Data Kit (ODK) in
the profiling. She committed for the foundation to sponsor the ODK training for
the enumerators. The group agreed on the
At the end of the meeting, the
participants agreed on the following: IPHO together with Reach Health as TA
provider on UHC, Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and Dra. Bayquin, to enhance the
implementation plan on October 18, 2019 for presentation to the Governor and
Mayors during the October 22 meeting; Mahintana to schedule ODK training for
the enumerators not later than the last week of October, 2019, depending on the
availability of the Resource Speaker, and confer the final schedule for the
training to Dra. Bayquin; MHOs to include in their LIPH the purchase of tablet
and android phones for ODK-based survey and profiling; Ms. Rodel of IPHO to
discuss with DOH 12 for the availability of tablets for temporary use by the
enumerators for profiling to hit PhilHealth’s deadline.
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.
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.