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Barangays told to formulate health development plans

BAGUIO CITY September 05 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance mandating all the city's 128 barangays to formulate their integrated short- and medium-term health development plans to be incorporated in their barangay development plans.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Elaine D. Sembrano stated that a barangay development plan shall not be considered complete without an integrated barangay health development plan prepared by the barangay development council and approved by the majority of the members of the barangay council in session assembled and the same shall be forwarded to the City Council for favorable review.

The ordinance added an integrated barangay health development plan shall be consistent with the basic services and facilities that a barangay is mandated to provide and that the necessary projects and activities shall be given priority for consideration to be included in the place such as activities in support of infectious disease prevention and control, maternal and child health, prevention of non-communicable disease, adolescent health development, health of the elderly and environmental health and sanitation, disaster prevention and response, including disease outbreak and epidemics, identification and maintenance of evacuation centers in case of calamities, barangay nutrition action plan, purchase and maintenance of emergency transport vehicles or setting up of community-based emergency transportation facilities, construction, maintenance and repair of water and sewer systems as well as power and communication facilities, support for community health volunteers or teams, solid waste management which may include purchase of related equipment and facilities and identification or purchase of lots for the construction and maintenance of barangay health stations and similar health facilities.

It stipulated that the City Health Services Office and the City Planning and Development Office shall provide technical assistance to the barangay development council in preparing the barangay plans earlier identified to ensure that plans, programs, projects and activities are in harmony with the local and national health development agenda.

Under the proposed ordinance, barangay programs, projects and activities relative to health services and facilities for funding from the city's Annual Investment Plan (AIP) or from the budget of the City Health Services Office shall be only those that are provided for in the integrated barangay health development plan.

The ordinance stated the integrated barangay health development plan assessed by the barangay and the City Health Services Office prior to the preparation of any subsequent integrated barangay health development plan and the results shall be reported to the punong barangay and the City Health Services officer with copies furnished the City Council and the City Mayor's Office.

The ordinance explained the general welfare clause of the Local Government Code provided that every local government unit shall exercise the power expressly granted, those necessarily implied therefrom as well as powers necessary, appropriate or incidental for its efficient and effective governance and those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare, within their respective territorial jurisdiction, local government units shall ensure and support, among other things, the preservation and enrichment of culture, promote health and safety and preserve the comfort and convenience of their inhabitants. By Dexter A. See

 
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