by Danny O. Sagun
DAGUPAN CITY – Community health teams will be deployed next year particularly in the conditional cash transfer program (CCTP) areas, the regional program coordinator of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) said in a media conference.
The program will most especially benefit Pangasinan, where several areas including this city are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). The province is one of the 12 areas included in the Millennium Development Goal whose primary goals, among others, are to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, and improve maternal health.
The health team will be composed of the concerned municipal health officer, the assigned midwife in the area, barangay chairman, barangay nutrition scholar and the barangay health workers, Regional Coordinator Victoria Manez said.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development used the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Alleviation as basis in determining the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.
“Dapat nakafocus at mabilis ang aksyon (It should be focused and action should be immediate),” Manes said in reply to a question about how different the program is to that being delivered by the health department at present.
She added that Health Sec. Enrique Ona wanted to get immediate reports as to the actions taken.
Meanwhile, regional and provincial officers/coordinators of agencies like NNC, DSWD, interior and local goverment, Population Commission and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation will meet in a consultation meeting in Manila on Wednesday to determine the status of areas affected by typhoons Pedring and Quiel for possible allocation of funding for supplementary feeding for children and even pregnant mothers.#