3 Davao del Sur LGUs to receive high impact breakthrough projects from DOH

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 May) – Three Davao del Sur local government units (LGUs) — Digos City and the towns of Magsaysay and Hagonoy — will be beneficiaries of high impact breakthrough (HIB) programs of the Department of Health (DOH) regional office.

DOH regional director Abdullah Dumama said the agency’s new policy direction is the provision of HIBs in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Accelerated and Sustainable Anti-Poverty Program (ASAPP).

The provision of HIBs for the three LGUs is part of the 43 priority provinces nationwide identified by the DOH to be in need of accelerated health service improvements in the term of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

Dumama said the DSWD will help identify prioirty health interventions in these areas.

The DOH, for its part, is also planning to hold a health caravan by May.

“The idea of the HIB is to hold a simultaneous addressing of health issues in different areas for the rest of the 15 months,” he said.

This means that once the health issue is identified, the DOH would come in and prioritize the health intervention and improve its health delivery network by tapping existing and additional resources.

“It’s going to cover 15 months,” Dumama said. “We’re going to fast-track the issues and address these one by one.” (MindaNews)