DOH promotes safe motherhood program

By Roi Lomotan


DOH – Negros Oriental Provincial Officer Dr. Socrates Villamor (center) discussing the Safe Motherhood program and maternal health care services offered in the Provincial Health Office during a Kapihan Forum held Aug. 23, 2019 at Bethel Guest House, Dumaguete City. Joining him in the panel are (l-r) PIA Provincial Coordinator Jenny Tilos and Dumaguete City Health Officer Dr. Ma. Sarah Tala. (PIA7-NegOr)


Local health officials emphasized the importance of pregnant women having monthly check-ups to detect any risks associated with pregnancy and prevent complications arising during childbirth as they continue to raise awareness about Department of Health (DOH)’s Safe Motherhood Program.

The program’s main objective is to ensure that Filipino women will have full access to quality maternal health care services so they will have a safer pregnancy and delivery of their child.

Speaking in a Kapihan Forum recently, City Health Officer Dr. Ma. Sarah Tala urged pregnant mothers to undergo pre-natal check-ups especially during the first trimester.

“Diha nato makit-an kung risgo ba ang pag-mapdos niya or dili para maka-refer ta dayon or makatambag kita dayon for the necessary intervention at that early (stage) of pregnancy (We will be able to figure out if it will be a risky pregnancy for the mother. We can also refer or provide necessary interventions at that early stage of pregnancy),” Tala disclosed.

Usually, pregnant women take their first pre-natal check-up at the start of their second trimester or on the fourth month of their pregnancy which is a bit late according to the health official.

“Dili lang kay ganahan ta quality siya pero importante para makita nato kung normal ba or risgo ba ang iyang pinagmamapdos (We don’t only want to assure that quality services are given but we also want to know if it will be risky or normal pregnancy for the mother),” Tala said.

Some of the City Health Office’s services for pregnant women include provision of tetanus vaccine and essential vitamins and minerals like calcium and iron which will continue even after the child’s delivery.

After childbirth, women will still be monitored by barangay health workers who will teach them the proper way of breastfeeding while children will be entitled to various vaccines and immunization programs of the City Health Office.

These maternal health care services can be availed at the barangay health facilities or even at the Basic Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (BEMOC) facilities or birthing homes in the city.

In relation to the Safe Motherhood Program, DOH Provincial Officer Dr. Socrates Villamor cited that there has been a change in the strategic design for safe motherhood services: from identifying females who are “at risk” during pregnancy to preventing health complications of pregnant women encompassing all age-groups and sectors.

Before, we identify the high risk pregnancies during pre-natal period karon ang atong approach is to prepare all pregnant for the complication sa childbirth. Dili na ta moingon kaning mga batan-on high risk ni sila compared to others or katong mga edad-edaran na. Ang tanan na i-consider nato para ma-determine, ma-preparar nato silang mothers na pregnant for possible complications sa child birth (Before, we only provide interventions to high risk pregnancies identified during pre-natal period but our focus right now is to prepare all pregnant women for the complications during childbirth. We can no longer say those who belong to the younger or older age brackets are high risk compared to others. We are now getting inclusive. We consider all and we want to prepare them and prevent any possible complications during their delivery),” Villamor explained.

The program also directs DOH to collaborate with Local Government Units (LGUs) in establishing cost-effective approach in delivering health services especially to disadvantaged women and also high quality maternal health service as required by DOH Administrative Order 2016 -0035.

Villamor agreed that LGUs should establish service delivery networks and birth plans intended for pregnant women living in the hinterland areas like allocation of transportation vehicle to help bring them to the nearest birthing centers in time for their childbirth.

Moreover, creating halfway houses near birthing centers is also important so that those pregnant women living in far-flung areas will have places to stay while waiting for their “due date.”

Villamor noted that women who have given birth more than five times should be brought to a comprehensive emergency maternal and neo-natal care facility or higher level hospitals if they are found pregnant again for monitoring because they are more prone to develop health complications.

Health officials are heightening the public’s knowledge of this in line also with the observance of National Family Planning Month which highlights the importance of availing maternal health care programs and responsible parenthood services through its theme “Serbisyong Pangkalahatan Tungo sa Planadong Kinabukasan.”


DSWD eyes 6,600 poor households to replace delisted 4Ps members

By Roi Lomotan


DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Provincial South Cluster Supervisor Reggie (with mic)  Locsin clarifies the issue of inclusion and exclusion in 4Ps during the Kapihan Forum held on Aug. 16, 2019 at Valencia Central Elementary School, Valencia town. (PIA7-NegOr)


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is targeting around 6, 666 poor households in Negros Oriental to be covered by the government’s conditional cash transfer program.

DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Provincial South Cluster Supervisor Reggie Locsin announced this in a Kapihan Forum last week in this town.

Locsin clarified that the department is not expanding the coverage of 4Ps and the figure she mentioned are slots for replacement for those households that have been deactivated or delisted in the program.

The DSWD representative explained why these households were delisted from the program.

When their kids who were beneficiaries of 4Ps finished their school, or are over 18 years of age which is the age ceiling for a Pantawid beneficiary, they wont be in anymore, she explained.

On the other hand, there were also households who voluntarily waived their inclusion to the program because of improved economic conditions.

Originally, the actual slots was 6, 393 but the local DSWD has added more 273 slots as buffer.

However, she said the 6, 666 slots are not yet sub-divided among every Local Government Unit (LGU) in the province.

Kani siya wala pa siya na-segregate per LGU kay on-going pa matching ani nila for possible duplication. Daghan kaayo tag kaso sa una nga nag-duplicate ang mga household. Mao nay usa sa gilantaw mao wala pa gipakanaog (ang programa). Posible ang registration nato ani magsugod by next month (The slots are not yet distributed per LGU because the process of matching for possible duplication is still on-going. I think that is the reason why registration is not yet rolled out. Hopefully this will start next month),” Locsin said.

Locsin also noted that those households who were registered under the Listahanan Program of DSWD in 2015 will be given priority in the enrolment in 4Ps.

In relation to this, Locsin also clarified issues related to the inclusion and exclusion in 4Ps during the Kapihan forum.

This concern has been identified by the Negros Oriental Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NOTF ELCAC) as one of the top issues associated with the insurgency problem in the province.

Locsin elaborated that in 2008 a unit of DSWD conducted the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS PR) which aims to identify the “poorest of the poor” families and gather their information in a database which will be used as reference for appropriate poverty alleviation interventions.

The families who were validated and included in the list of the poor from the Listahanan became the primary beneficiaries of 4Ps.

Locsin disclosed that until now they still get complaints questioning the inclusion of some families in the 4Ps but she also pointed out that during the enumeration period there were also families who were not interviewed by their validators because they refuse to be interviewed while some parents are out for work when the validators came to their area.

In 2015, another round of Listahanan was conducted nationwide. This will serve as basis for the expanded coverage of 4Ps beneficiaries.

It was also noted in the forum that the expansion temporarilly was put on hold upon President Rodrigo Duterte’s assumption into office. This is the reason why DSWD has not added more beneficiaries of the program.

For the meantime, the plan is to replace the delisted or deactivated 4Ps beneficiaries.

However, Locsin said families who are interested to be part of 4Ps should worry because there is a new directive to hold third round of Listahanan enumeration this year which would start possibly in October.

For now, Locsin is making an appeal to the public to report to them if they notice families who are possible candidates for 4Ps inclusion or exclusion.

“Amo ra pod ning gipanawagan kung kinsa man tong nakit-an ninyo na inyong kasilinganan na miyembro sa Pantawid Niya dili siya ayangan na to be member of the Pantawid tage lang mi ug ngalan kay amo ra pod ning ipaagi sa insakto na proseso (I would like to appeal to everyone if you know household which you think should no longer be included in the 4Ps give us their name so we can verify. There is an exact process on this) ,”  Locsin concluded.

DTI-NegOr to train PWDs on cloth weaving


DTI – Negros Oriental Provincial Director Nimfa Virtucio explains the project to engage PWDs on a training – seminar on cloth weaving to bring another livelihood opportunities to PWDs. (PIA7-NegOr) 



The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Negros Oriental is embarking on a project that aims to provide another livelihood opportunity for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

The DTI provincial office plans to engage PWDs in a training-seminar on cloth weaving as part of their interventions for people with special concerns and also to establish a cheaper source of raw materials for manufacturers of woven products like bags, sling bags, and others.

“Daghan gagama [og] bags dire but ang raw materials dili dire so mo-add pag cost ba. We would like to report something naa mi concrete na gihimo. Mao mag-training mi ug weaving for PWD aron katong raw material needs sa manufacturers dire dire na lang gam-on (There are a lot of manufacturers of bags but they source the raw materials from other places. That adds to their cost. We would like to hold a training on weaving for PWDs so that manufacturers can source their raw materials here. We also want to report something that shows our concrete interventions),” DTI Provincial Director Nimfa Virtucio explained.

The idea to engage PWDs in a training program on cloth weaving was first announced in a Kapihan sa PIA forum held in observance of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week recently.

DTI – Dumaguete Negosyo Center Official Hye Rhea Eso-Culminas cited that the DTI is looking for a facility which can be used as a production area for PWD weavers.

For now, there is a proposal to have the facility established in the local parish in Junob town but things are still yet to be finalized.

Culminas also extended cooperation and partnership with the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and also with City Councilor Bernice Elmaco who is the chair of the Sangguniang Panglungsod Committee on People with Special Concerns for this endeavor.

“This is a big project. Dili siya pang one time. Makatiulong sa women or PWD to gain income. Dili siya livelihood na training lang pagka-tomorrow or the following week wala na. (This is a big project and this is sustainable. This can help women and PWDs gain income. It’s not a livelihood training that lasts for a day and gone tomorrow or the following day),” Culminas stressed.

Culminas also noted that the department can also help link them up with buyers of woven products.

The DTI will roll out the program once details are finalized.

Virtucio said this is training program is open to members of PWD federation in Dumaguete City and its neighboring towns.