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Education leads to good health.

After being shortlisted as one of the five cities in the Philippines that are vying for outstanding local government unit in terms of literacy programs, LGU-Tabaco shined once more in the recently concluded “3rd Salud Bicolnon Awards” as one of the frontrunners of better health and good nutrition in the region. The award was given on July 31 at the Oriental, Legaspi City.

Twenty-seven barangays of Tabaco City were honored for its outstanding support, commitment and active involvement in the promotion of voluntary blood donation. City Mayor Krisel Lagman-Luistro was also conferred the Sandugo Outstanding Local Government Executive Award.

The Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team has declared Tabaco City as one of the 2011 High Performing Cities in the Bicol Region in line with the sustained implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN).

PPAN, a take-off from the nutrition situation derived from the 2008 National Nutrition Survey, is the country’s response to malnutrition.

In the area of maternal and child care, Tabaco City Health Office bested Pandan Rural Health Unit and Legazpi City as the Most Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health and Nutrition (MNCHN) friendly facility.

The Most MNCHN Friendly Facility Award is a recognition given to LGUs that have extended support through various strategies in improving their maternal and child care indicators, such as contraceptive prevalence rate, postnatal care, facility-based deliveries, exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, fully-immunized children, low maternal mortality ratio (MMR), low infant mortality ratio (IMR), number of health related ordinance supportive of the MNCHN strategy and number of maternal care package or neonatal care package accredited birthing facilities.

The Tabaco City Health Office was also lauded for its being one of the top health program performers for 2011.

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) has been emphasizing the need to strengthen nutrition education in schools to enable children especially among school-aged children to make nutritionally-wise decisions today and soon when they become parents themselves.

Along this line, Tabaco City has included health in its education initiatives namely: 1) Nutri-Pan sa Pamayanan in partnership with ABS-CBN Bayan ni Juan Project; (2) Fresh Milk Feeding; and (3) Training on Parent Education on Health and Youth Development with POPCOM.

To further improve health accessibility in the locality, newly-constructed and rehabilitated wellness and health centers were placed in different areas across the city: Health and Community Learning Center in Barangay Bacolod, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center in Barangay Divino Rostro, and Family Wellness K-linic in Barangay Fatima. In addition, two lying-in clinics, almost mini-hospitals, are now situated in Barangay Visita to cater to five barangays in San Miguel Island and in Barangay San Antonio, to address the health needs of 14 upland barangays in the nearby areas.

Undersecretary Teodoro Herbosa, who graced the awarding rites, congratulated everyone who were present for being dynamic partners in providing ‘Salud para sa Kagabsan’ or Universal Health Care for All.

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