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Today is September 20, 2014, Saturday in Davao City

The Health Emergency Management System of DOH Regional Office XI spearheaded by Dr. Paulo Pantojan called its Inter-Agency Regional Task Force on Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases meeting last September 10, 2014 at the DOH RO XI Conference Room.

It was the third inter-agency task force meeting conducted for this year. The task force was created years ago due to the emergence of infectious diseases (AH1NI;SARS). With the coming out of another infectious disease, another inter-agency task force meeting was done and most members of the agency would send another representative. To address this, the Regional Office XI in consensus with the members of the task force decided to amend the previous Regional Memorandum, change the title of the task force to Inter-Agency Regional Task Force on Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Disease (EID) so as to keep the same focal persons/ representatives from each agency in any event that another infectious disease might surface.

One of objectives in calling up the meeting is to fine-tune the roles and responsibilities of each agency and solicit for their commitments in response to the EID. A strengthened inter-agency task force is what is expected with the addition of private agencies that were also equally committed to help in ensuring effective response to EID. HEPS/suysuy

Davao City kicked off its "Ligtas sa Tigdas , Magkaisa Magpabakuna" Campaign last September 1, 2014 at Barangay 5-A, Bankerohan Davao City. The launching was spearheaded by Davao City Health Office headed by Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, the City Health Officer and was supported by the Department of Health Regional Office XI, World Health Organization, and residents and staff of Brgy. 5-A headed by Brgy. Captain, Honorable Edgar P. Ibuyan Jr.

The said movement is a month-long (September 1-30, 2014) special nationwide vaccination campaign to bring measles in the country down to very low levels and move towards measles elimination and to keep the Philippines Polio-free.

In his brief message, our Regional Director, Dr. Abdullah B. Dumama Jr., encouraged everyone to participate in the nationwide campaign, especially to the parents of children aged 0 to below 5 years old to bring their children to the nearest Health Centers or Vaccination Posts regardless of previous immunization status. Children aged 9 months to below 5 years old will get a dose of measles/ German measles vaccine, while children aged 0-below 5 years old will get 2 drops of oral polio vaccine. Moreover, RD Dumama assured all parents that vaccines to be given are safe and vaccinators are well trained.

Davao Region aims to immunize about 600,000 more or less eligible children. In Davao City, the targeted eligible children to be vaccinated with Measles Rubella is 183,105 and 215,302 for Oral Polio Vaccine. HEPS/suysuy

Regional Director Abdullah B. Dumama Jr promoted the “Ligtas sa Tigdas, Magkaisa Magpabakuna” campaign during the Press Conference held last August 29, 2014 at Abreeza Mall, Bajada, Davao City.

DOH Davao Region is strongly supporting the nationwide Measles Rubella- Oral Polio Vaccine Mass Immunization (MR-OPV MI) campaign, and as one of the campaign strategies, a Press Conference was conducted. In this decade of knowledge, media is one of the most powerful instruments of communication. They play an important role in raising public awareness and one of the means in getting the message across. Queries and issues from different media people (TV/Radio/Print) regarding the implementation of the MR-OPV MI was properly addressed by RD Dumama.

In his closing message, RD Dumama emphasized that it is very alarming to know that there are still children dying from measles even if measles vaccination is free and available in health centers. RD Dumama invited all parents of children aged 0 to below 5 years old to stand together to protect all children from threats to their health, bring their children to the nearest health centers or vaccination posts from September 1-30, 2014 and join the free vaccination program and leave no child unprotected against Measles and Polio. HEPS/suysuy

In line with the DOH ISO QMS 9001:2008 Certification, a Surveillance Audit was conducted at the DOH RO XI Office last August 7-8, 2014. The Surveillance Audit intends to assess the effectiveness of the DOH QMS against the ISO 9001:2008 Standards, DOH policies, customer requirements and related statutory and regulatory requirements. This audit also included the verification of completion and effectiveness of corrections and corrective actions on the nonconformities (NCs) raised during the Certification Audit last September 2013.

Mr. Leonardo D. del Carmen and Mr. Joselito C. Soler were the external auditors from the Certification International Philippines, Inc (CIPI) assigned to conduct the audit on RO XI. During the Preliminary Closing Meeting at the end of the two-day audit, the auditors declared that all previous NCs are now closed. The Final Closing Meeting will be held at the DOH Central Office on September 12, 2014. Kudos to the DOH RO XI family for a job well done! LHSD/hrchechanova

The Department of Health-Regional Office XI, through the Health Facilities Section of the Regulation, Licensing, and Enforcement Division (RLED) conducted a seminar on Licensing Requirements for Dental Prosthetic Laboratory last July 15, 2014 at the Royal Mandaya Hotel, Davao City.

The seminar aimed to strengthen the regulatory policy that will ensure the safety and welfare of the community. Topics discussed in the seminar focused on The Department of Health’s mandate to protect and preserve the health of the people, including oral health by virtue of PD 1542 entitled “Providing For The Registration and Licensing Of Dental Prosthetic Laboratories”.

Regional Director Abdullah B. Dumama Jr. gave his inspirational message to the participants who were owners and technicians of Dental Prosthetic Laboratories in Davao Region. Among the guests were representatives from the Business Bureaus of Davao City, Tagum City and Digos City, who were very much open to answer queries from the participants.RLED/HF/dr. abdulkadir

All smiles...overwhelmed… relieved…name it. These were just a few reactions seen in the faces of the employees who took oath for their new appointments in the presence of Regional Director Abdullah B. Dumama Jr, the administering officer. Director Dumama made it a point to give his inspiring words before the conduct of oath-taking ceremony to remind the employees that being promoted is not only to enjoy a raise in salary. He emphasized that promotion or higher pay means added responsibility and increased accountability. He also stressed that it gives an extra positive result to work if one puts his/her heart in his/her job.

For most employees, the final implementation of rationalization plan is their most coveted reward after lots of hard work, sacrifice and dedication in the past 9 years of moratorium in the filling up of positions.

The selection process consisted of written examinations, documents review and interview. Sitting through hours and hours of interviews for the long line of applicants, going over the ratings, and coming up with a consensus, the Personnel Selection Board (PSB) is finally done with the first wave of applicants. The schedule for the second wave of filling-up of vacated positions will be posted as soon as the requisites of publication will be complied. Many qualified candidates are hopeful to grab the remaining available positions.

The Department of Health’s Rationalization Plan is in compliance with the Executive Order # 366 titled “Directing a Strategic review of the Operations and organizations of the Executive Branch and Providing Options and Incentives for the Government Employees who may be affected by the Rationalization of the Functions and Agencies of the Executive Branch” signed October 4, 2004. It is aimed at putting the right persons in the right position in order to improve more the quality and efficiency of government services. HEPS/suymandangan

The Awarding Ceremony for the Red Orchid Awards, hosted by DOH-Regional Office XII, was held at Greenleaf Hotel, General Santos City on June 26, 2014. It was also the second time that the Red Orchid Awarding Ceremony was conducted for the Mindanao Cluster.

The DOH Red Orchid Awards is the Search for 100% Tobacco–Free Provinces, Municipalities, Cities, Government Offices, Government Hospitals and DOH- Regional Offices. It follows the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Article 8 and Republic Act 9211 that recommends adoption of measures to provide protection from the exposure to smoke in indoor workplaces, public transport, indoor places and other public places for a Healthful Environment.

In Region XI, we have submitted 20 nominees from the different Government Offices, Local Government Units and Government/District Hospitals. Out of the 20 nominees, each garnered the following awards :

Red Orchid Award - 90-100% or more : Government Office Category: DOH-Regional Office XI,Civil Service Commission Government Hospital : Southern Philippines Medical Center,Carmen District Hospital,Davao Oriental Provincial Hospital, Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital, Provincial Capitol Category : Nabunturan Provincial Capitol,Tagum City Provincial Capitol, Local Government Units Category : Monkayo Local Government Unit, Laak Local Government Unit

Pink Orchid Award -70-89% : Panabo Local Government Unit, Dujali Local Government Unit

White Orchid Award – 60-69% : New Corella Local Government Unit, Davao Regional Hospital

Certificate of Participation: Department of Interior and Local Government Unit XI, Sta. Cruz Local Government Unit,Padada Local Government Unit, Mati Local Government Unit, Carmen Local Government Unit,Digos City Provincial Capitol

All nominees were given Certificates of Recognition and the RED winners received a specially-designed trophy with an additional P100,00.00 worth of drugs and medicines for non-communicable diseases for the LGU and its Hospitals only. In addition, P500,000.00 grant to be used for tobacco control projects were also provided to LGUs that won for the three (3) consecutive years. Meanwhile DOH-Regional Offices and Hospitals that won to the three consecutive years are not eligible for project grants and shall receive special citations only. All winners are considered as “best practices” in tobacco control and will duly recognized in official documents, publications and press statements.

Regional Director-Dr. Abdullah B. Dumama Jr., happily received for the the second consecutive year, the RED ORCHID AWARD for the DOH-Regional Office XI. Furthermore, he hopes that more Government Offices and LGUs will join the search next year. With the combined efforts of our partners, we can make Region XI a Smoke Free Environment…… HEPS/ngrisonar*

The Department of Health Regional Office XI (DOH RO XI), in its desire to inform Program Staff (Job Orders) on matters pertaining to their taxes, held a Tax Orientation for Program Staff last June 2, 2014 at the RO XI Conference Room.

Ms. Ma. Afrecy Barbiran, Revenue Officer III of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), served as resource speaker. Her talk on Basic Taxation for Service Contractors and Professionals, gave the Program Staff an overview of the taxes being withheld from them and their corresponding duties in reporting these to the BIR.LHSD/HEPS/hrchechanova

The Accounting Section under the Management Support Division (MSD) of Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office XI conducted a Consultative Meeting on DOH Grants last May 29-30, 2014 at the Royal Mandaya Hotel, Davao City.

This was participated by Provincial and Municipal Health Officers and Accountants of different provinces and municipalities in Region XI.

Topics discussed were the Status of Funds Transferred to Local Government Units (LGUs) by Regional Chief Accountant- Ms. Rosalinda R. dela Cruz, Project Status of DOH HFEP for 2014 by Engr. Divine Sonido, and Bottom-Up Budgeting for 2015 by Engr. Alicia Rhodora Crumb. The invited speaker from Commission on Audit (COA), Mr. Felix Roy Fernandez, talked about the Covering Rules and General Guidelines on the Implementation of Transfer of Funds to LGUs.

Data reconciliation was done during the last day. It was also suggested to have a semi-annual consultative meeting so that transferred funds are properly monitored. MSD/accounting/mcemberga

The Police Regional Office (PRO) 11, recently held the Blessing and Inauguration of the Camp Quintin M. Merecido Level I Hospital on May 28, 2014 in Camp Catitipan, Davao City. The eighteen (18) bed hospital is to serve the health needs of Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel, their dependents, and neighboring communities.

Police Director General Alan LM Purisima, CPNP, in his message, thanked the Department of Health (DOH) for helping the PNP in upgrading the hospital to be more responsive to the needs of their personnel. The edifice was built through the Health Facility Enhancement Program (HFEP) of the DOH Regional Office XI.

OIC- Assistant Regional Director-Dr. Annabelle P. Yumang- represented Assistant Secretary Romulo A. Busuego and Regional Director Abdullah B. Dumama Jr. during this event. LHSD/HEPS/hrchechanova

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial was started in 1983 and is known as the world’s oldest campaign in HIV awareness. This significant activity takes place every third Sunday of May every year. The Department of Health–Regional Office XI (DOH-RO XI) observed the 31st International AIDS Candlelight Memorial with the theme “Let’s Keep the Light on HIV”. The theme ensures that HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support are sustained to achieve MDG 6 which is combating HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. The DOH–RO XI supported and provided assistance to different Local Government Units (LGUs) in Davao Region in the commemoration of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial:

• May 16, 2014, the Davao City AIDS Council spearheaded the commemoration together with the partners at the Rizal Park, Davao City.

• May 19, 2014 the Provincial Health Office of Davao Del Norte together with the City Health Office of Tagum held the activity at the City Hall of Tagum.

• May 19, 2014 the PHO Davao Oriental, CHO Mati, St. Camillus Hospital and Mati CARES held the activity at the St. Camillus Chapel.

• May 23, 2014 the PHO Compostela Valley held the activity at the Prosperity Hall, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley.

The LGUs conducted a simple yet meaningful program with a lecture about the prevention of the disease, prayer and lighting of candles for the souls of the loved ones lost to HIV and AIDS. This activity also served as a community mobilization campaign to raise social consciousness about HIV and AIDS. LHSD/FHC/gmontejojr

The Department of Health Regional Office XI, in collaboration with the BALUTI Foundation of Parañaque City, Metro Manila, conducted two (2) batches of Risk Mapping and Situational Analysis for Adolescent and Youth last April 2-4, 2014 and May 21-23, 2014 respectively in Davao City. The participants for the said training were Out of School Youths (OSYs) identified from different areas of Davao Region namely, Panabo City, Sta. Cruz and District C, Davao City for the first batch and Mati City, Malita, Davao del Sur and Digos City for the second batch.

The risk mapping activity and planning is a strategy used to recognize the current situation of the youth in their respective community. It is also a way to identify the areas/ locations in which the adolescent and youth displays “Risky Behaviours” both sexual and non-sexual.

After the risk mapping and situational analysis, potential trainers will be identified and organized to attend the 2 batches of training of trainers for peer educators. LHSD/AHYD/djscaparida

The Department of Health (DOH) being a vital arm for the promotion and implementation of good health to all Filipino people has issued directives to ensure the highest quality of care for mothers and their newborns. The DOH Essential Intrapartum and Newborn Care (EINC) Scale-up has been implemented in various hospitals in the country since October 2010. It is building hospital capacity to enhance capabilities of health workers to deliver safe and quality care to mothers and newborns.

Last May 21-23, 2014 the 1st two batches of EINC Scale-up Workshop were conducted by the DOH Regional Office XI at the Ritz Hotel of Garden Oases, Bo. Obrero Davao City. These two batches were composed of health personnel representing their private hospitals, lying-in and maternity clinics. The two batches of quality assurance workshop were graced by the Lead Convener/Consultant of EINC from the WHO, Dr. Maria Asuncion Silvestre. She gave the overview of the EINC Program as well as the Evidence to Policy of the Newborn Care. Together with her was Ms. Ma. Corazon S. Mendez, Dr. Judith Tapiador, of the Regional Office XI and Dr. Amelia Ang of Davao Regional Hospital who likewise facilitated the activities. These workshops were led by the Regional Program Manager Ms. Ma. Clarose M. Mascardo and were inspired and motivated by the support and presence of the Regional Office’s Director, Dr. Abdullah B. Dumama Jr.

The general objective of the activities to build a local partnership with health professionals from the private sector from the health professionals who are committed to safe care for mothers and newborns were definitely met. It is with great hope and positive outlook that through these activities, there will be an expansion to the number of MNCHN EINC Advocacy partners that will support the national goal of reducing maternal and newborn death, which are included in the Millennium Development Goals of our government. LHSD/FHC/aravillareal

The province Davao del Norte in partnership with PRISM2 and Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office XI held its 3rd Provincial Health Summit last May 20, 2014 at the Bulwagan ng Lalawigan, Mankilam, Tagum City with a theme “Sustaining Public-Private Partnership towards Attainment of MDGs by 2015”.

The summit was attended by Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, the Local Chief Executives of Davao del Norte, Provincial and Municipal Health Officers, and health staff Dr. Lemuel Marasigan and Dr. Lady Jedfeliz Castillo-Molleno of PRISM2 and Regional Director Abdullah B. Dumama Jr.

The activity was part of the steadfast implementation of the Maternal Newborn Child Health Nutrition (MNCHN) strategy of the province to give ample information on its accomplishments and how far they have been in bracing up the challenge of the millennium development goals. Also, the summit highlighted the awarding and recognition ceremony for the most outstanding public health servants of the province. Updates on the different health programs were also presented during the summit.

Governor Del Rosario appreciated the initiatives for health, the LGU Scorecard and the Municipal Leadership and Governance Program Roadmaps and hoped to continually improve the performance of their province.

Director Dumama gave his inspirational message, recognizing the partnership of our developmental agencies. Beyond the recognitions, it is more noticeable that health data/ scorecards are improving. He congratulated Davao del Norte for a job well done.- “Let’s continue to keep the fire burning. Let’s keep Davao Norte moving!” LHSD/tijsabay

The Philippines is known as one of the most vulnerable countries to natural hazards due to its geographical location. It is located within the trench and fault of the Pacific (Pacific Ring of Fire), typhoon path; as well as prone to emerging global concerns such as climate change and terrorism. For the past few years, our nation was struck both by natural and human-induced disasters; from Typhoon Sendong, Typhoon Pablo, Zamboanga Armed Conflict, Earthquake in Central Visayas and Typhoon Yolanda, which placed a scarring effect on our communities’ lives and basic commodities such as food, water, shelter, medicines, livelihood and infrastructure.

This remains a challenge to our government and private sectors on how to harmonize and competently manage the systems to respond in times of emergencies and disasters. We know for a fact that there’s still a need to enhance and improve our Country Incident Command System.

For that reason, the first step in answering this issue is to initiate the conduct of Sub-National PHEMAP for DOH-RO XI personnel to instigate a common understanding internally and to further improve the external services approach and intervention.

Thus, the Sub-National Public Health Emergency Management for Asia-Pacific training convened last May 12-16, 2014 for the first batch of DOH RO-XI personnel at The Ritz Garden Hotel, Bo.Obrero, Davao City.

Health workers and managers involved in health emergency management play a vital role in all phases in emergencies and disasters through there different tasks and responsibilities. This training was provided to guide and equip our health personnel to efficiently and effectively manage all types of emergencies. This also served as avenue for capacity building and development or modification of the given policies and protocols in all levels (regional, provincial and municipal). LHSD/HEMS/dcestrosas

The Local Health Support Division of the Department of Health Region XI participated in their Team Building and Stress Management Activity last May 16th for the 1st Batch at the Leticia by the Sea resort in the Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte.

The activity started while still onboard the vessel to the actual venue, with the participants preparing cheers for the colors they pulled out from the bags where the words “I am a Team Player. I am a Leader. I cooperate. I love my Team. Thank you God” are incorporated.

Upon arrival at the resort, the teams were given 10 minutes for final practices. Red team was first to execute their Team spirit followed by Blue, Green and Orange teams. The cheering contest was then followed by the relay game. The team then proceeded to another station with their selected materials for another strategy game, creating their team banner. Now, one of the materials is a yarn ball which shall be used to tie the whole team in a circle before they can go back to the first station to claim the win. And as all teams arrived back in the first station to post their banners, lunch was served.

After the bountiful meal was a lecture on leadership focusing on the different levels of leadership, where everyone was asked to contemplate as to which level they are in or those around them are.

This mind opening lecture was followed by another test of team spirit, a game of “agaw –bola”. More like “agaw –buhay”. Another game was of which team can fill empty bottles the most, using water from their clothes or hair after doing a turn in the waters of the beach. And as the sun set on Leticia by the Sea, another scrumptious meal was served to the partakers.

When everyone was full, the facilitators gathered the group to announce the winners. For the Cheering Contest, Red Team; For the banner making contest, Blue Team; for Agaw-Bola, Green and Red Team; and for bottle-filling, the combined Red-Green team. The smell of camaraderie, trust and a team built well and strong was in the air.

Nevertheless, win or lose, everyone had great fun. Everyone got a chance to plunge to the beauty of the deep or bask under the non-sweltering sun.

All smiles. All fun. LHSD/OHP/msdarguillas

The Department of Health- Regional Office (RO) XI conducted an Inception Workshop for health personnel directly involved in the development of the 2014-2016 Province-wide Investment Plan for Health (PIPH) last May 1-4, 2014 in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte. The participants of the said undertaking are health planners from Davao City, Davao Del Sur, Davao Del Norte, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.

The inception workshop provided an opportunity for the team to gather best practices. The Chief of Hospital of Dr. Jose Rizal Memorial Hospital in Dapitan City, Dr. Ma. Dina C. Viray- Pariñas, oriented the team on the hospital administration and their best practices. One best practice they highlighted is their ORE or the On-Site Rapid Enrolment via Point of Care which is the PhilHealth Enrolment of indigents who were not enrolled to PHIC. The team also visited Zamboanga del Norte Medical Center, where the acting Administrator Dr. Ermelinda A. Pelinio familiarized the team on the hospital administration and their initiatives. Since the hospital is owned by the LGU, the chief of hospital has a direct coordination with the Governor, thus supplies of medicines are delivered promptly.

The said occasion afforded the team to generate ideas from other areas that are worth replicating. It was likewise a venue where participants discussed and shared individual experiences during the plan formulation. RD/ARD/HPU/mtsbretaña

Relative to our ISO-QMS 9001:2008 Certification, the Department of Health held an Inter-Regional Internal Quality Audit for all regional offices in the country.

The Regional Office XI was audited by the 8-member Internal Quality Audit (IQA) team of Regional Office XII led by Mr. Godwin Lord Gallo. For three days from April 28 to April 30, 2014, the team of auditors painstakingly went through the documents and records of all the process owners and even the top management themselves, to determine if ISO 9001:2008 is effectively implemented and identify activities that evidence continual improvement.

At the end of the audit, it was assessed that while there are still findings and opportunities for improvement, RO XI demonstrated evidences to meet the requirements of ISO 9001-2008 and in some aspects implemented and continually improved our Quality Management System. LHSD/HEPS/hrchechanova


In cognizance of the significance of the “WORLD MALARIA DAY” to the lives of the Filipinos nationwide, the DOH Region XI celebrated the importance of the event last April 25, 2014 at the Mandaya Hotel. The event, aptly designed to recognize Malaria Disease-Free Zones, was highlighted by the giving of awards to various recipients who were instrumental to the success of the program. The criteria that best defined the awardees and served as the impetus of the event are the following citations:


Likewise, due recognition were also given to PROVINCIAL/CITY/MUNICIPAL/REGIONAL & NATIONAL VALIDATORS, who were responsible in the successful implementation of the MMQAS program in their respective areas. The inspirational messages of Regional Director Dr. Abdullah B. Dumama, Jr. to adapt active vigilantism in our quest for REGION XI to be MALARIA DISEASE FREE ZONE, rightfully ended the program. HEPS/ngrisonar*


The new DOH Regional Office (RO) XI Logo depicts the map of Davao Region surrounded by six (6) stars. These stars represent the areas being served- namely the provinces of Compostela Valley, Davao Del Norte, Davao Occidental, Davao del Oriental, and Davao del Sur; plus the highly urbanized City of Davao.

Dominating the logo is a human figure with its head crowned with the rays of the sun and adorned with laurel leaves, its arms outstretched towards a figure of a child. At a glance, these two figures can be seen as the Roman Numerals “XI”. These figures symbolize Region XI.

The human figure with the child signifies RO XI’s priority for public health programs, especially for vulnerable groups such as women and children. The rays of the sun stand for the eighteen (18) ethnic groups that inhabit the region, while the laurel leaves denote excellence in implementing the public health programs.

A logo of the Department of Health (DOH) is superimposed within, indicating that the RO XI is also serving as an arm of the DOH in its mandates and functions.1958 refers to the year the regional office was established by virtue of EO 288.

The new logo was inspired by RD Abdullah B. Dumama Jr., who believed that it’s high time to make a distinctive logo for DOH RO XI. Thus, after a concerted effort of the entire staff of RO XI, this logo was finally conceptualized with its design. The new logo was unveiled by RD Dumama and ARD Yumang during the Management Review Meeting on April 14, 2014. LHSD/HEPS/hrchechanova

The Seminar on Barangay Health Leadership and Management Program (BHLMP) for DOH Representatives and MHOs as Facilitators was conducted last April 9-11, 2014 at the Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City. This was attended by 18 DOH Representatives and 18 MHOs of several LGUs who had undergone MLGP.

The BHLMP is under Community Participation and Health-Seeking Behavior Component of the Health Leadership and Governance Program (HLGP). It is aimed at developing technical and leadership capabilities of public health professionals, health volunteers, and community residents to give them knowledge and skills necessary to ensure the delivery of quality health services down to the barangay level. This program is strategically followed after the Municipal Leadership and Governance Program (MLGP) to harmonize leadership and management strategies from the municipal-level down to the barangays. This would harmonize priorities and action plans at both levels.

The seminar shall equip the DOH Representatives and Municipal Health Officers as the facilitators of the BHLMP. These participants having undergone MLGP Module I and pledged Bridging Leaders are well-enforced on the objectives and strategies of the program. They are the identified facilitators being part of the CHT Management Group and Local/Barangay Health Board. LHSD/LHSDU/mtpteengfo

The DOH-Regional Office XI, in cooperation with the Office of Councilor Mary Joselle D. Villafuerte, MD, along with other partners (MindanaoHealth/JHPIEGO, PhilHealth, JCI, DMSF, Barangay Captains, City Health Office, Councilor Bernard Al-ag, MD) are working hand-in-hand to promote safe childbirth and good health for both mother and child.

Thus, the 2nd Buntis Congress was recently conducted in three batches: March 14, 2014 at Gaisano Grand Mall, Toril, April 3, 2014 at Calinan Gym, Calinan District and April 4, 2014 at Mintal Gym, Tugbok District.

The activity aims to ensure that pregnant women are informed and made aware of how to take care of their health and the health of their babies. The mothers were imparted with important lessons such as the importance of PhilHealth membership, completion of 4 pre-natal visits, preparedness on who to be with, where to go, and what to bring on their expected date of delivery.

RD Abdullah B. Dumama, Jr. gave his inspirational message to the mothers and emphasized the beauty of being a well-informed mother. He also shared the benefits of a well-planned pregnancy, membership to PhilHealth, preparedness on childbearing, facility-based delivery, and exclusive breastfeeding.

It is hoped that with this activity, the number of maternal and infant deaths will be reduced, and that the health-seeking behavior of pregnant women in District 3 (Tugbok, Calinan, Marilog, Baguio, Toril districts) will be improved as well. LHSD/LHS/mtteengfo

The different provincial and city Community Health teams (CHTs) of Davao Region gathered together to share good practices and experiences they have gained from being the health navigators of poor families. Davao City was the first to organize their Summit last March 18, 2014 at the Ritz Hotel. This was followed by the province of Davao del Norte on March 19, 2014 at the Molave Hotel in Tagum City, then Compostela Valley Province- also at the same venue. The province of Davao del Sur held their activity at Arnaldo’s Hotel and restaurant in Digos City on March 25, 2014. . Last but not the least, the province of Davao Oriental had their summit at Honey’s Hotel and Restaurant last April 1, 2014.

Each one day activity was participated by our Provincial and City Health Team Leaders, as well as CHT Members, Leaders and Coordinators from their respective areas of responsibilities. Lectures were given by different resource speakers to help the CHT members understand each other as individuals and to motivate them to give their best in rendering health services to poor families.

The summit provided the CHT members an avenue to be involved and develop their core values that will help them improve as a CHT’s especially in handling NHTS families and in the submission of monthly reports.

Overall, the activity was successful in developing leadership, goal-oriented, and team-oriented behaviors of the CHTs and our office was able to collate “SINAG” (Specific concern, Ideal solution, Natural cause and effect, Alternative solution, Group responsible) as basis for improvement on the implementation of the KP-CHT health system. .

Every summit was ended by a Pledge of Commitment made by CHTs to continue on providing health information and guidance to poor families in the community, to be on time and updated in submission of reports to enable us to attain our Millennium Development Goals 4,5 and 6. LHSD/KP-CHT/jrembay, fybaňez, jbartolome,mtpteengfo,and lmdiaz

The first batch of the Competency-Based Training on Natural Family Planning (NFP) Methods was conducted last March 18-21, 2014 at Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City. This was attended by selected Public Health Nurses and Rural Health Midwives from different cities and municipalities of Davao Region. The training aimed to bridge the gap between NFP providers and couples who wanted to use NFP as a means of planning their families may it be for birth spacing or for achieving pregnancy.

Previously trained NFP providers were invited to act as resource speakers and facilitators during the training. They shared their expertise and strategies in the successful implementation of NFP in their respective areas of responsibility.

As a form of Competency-Based Training, the participants will undergo Post Training Evaluation (PTE) before being issued the Certificate of Training to ensure the competencies of the trained providers in counselling clients with the different methods of NFP. Each province will select their own pool of evaluators/ assessors to conduct the PTE 3-6 months after the training. LHSD/NFP/djscaparida

The Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office 11 hosted a Project Implementation Review last March 21, 2014 at the Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City. This was attended by officials and staff of the DOH Central Office, Regional Offices, and DOH-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) led by Undersecretary Nemesio T. Gako and DOH-ARMM Health Secretary Kadil M. Sinolinding Jr.

The ARMM Transition Investment Support Plan (ARMM-TISP) was conceptualized to show DOH’s commitment to the development of ARMM based on the principle that health is necessary for development. The objectives of ARMM-TISP are: to make health care more accessible through the construction and rehabilitation of selected Barangay Health Stations (BHSs), Rural Health Units (RHUs) and hospitals and the provision of essential medical equipment; and to facilitate easy and prompt referral of serious cases through the provision of land and sea ambulances. The project, which started in 2011 is expected to end on June 30, 2014.

The said activity was conducted to review and monitor the project implementation, its status and accomplishments, as well as to address issues and concerns by recommending solutions to further improve coordination and facilitation of the project.LHSD/HEPS/hrchechanova

Delivery of equitable. accessible, and quality health care services to our citizens is the main point of the DOH Mission-Vision in relation to good governance. Understanding R.A. 9184, otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act” is a key factor for attaining this.

In line with this, the office conducted a Seminar on Procurement Law in order to equip, not only the Procurement Unit personnel, but also Program Managers, Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) Officers, Technical Working Group (TWG) and Inspectorate Committee for various categories, and others involved in the procurement processes and procedures on March 10, 2014 at Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City.

The guest speaker, Atty. Lawrence P. Villanueva, is a Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) accredited expert and DOH-Central Office Consultant who spoke on salient provisions of R.A. 9184 and its Implementing Rules & Regulations (IRR), Philippine Bidding Documents (PBD), and other related GPPB issuances. He even included in his discussion some key doctrines laid down by the Supreme Court particularly the Arias, Cruz, and Mison doctrines which involve the responsibilities and liabilities of the Head of Procuring Entity (HOPE) and other personnel involved in the procurement procedures and processes.

Said activity transferred vital knowledge, information, techniques and other troubleshooting aspects to the participants, which are very useful in the performance of their crucial tasks in the aspect of procurement at the DOH-Center for Health Development-Davao Region. MSD/procurement/rcp-bingrez

DOH RO XI, together with our partners – Davao Medical School Foundation – Institute of Primary Health Care (DMSF-IPHC) and Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to implement the Health Leadership and Governance Program. This aims to improve health outcomes through strengthened leadership and governance, enhanced local health systems, and increased community participation, and health-seeking behavior.

The Municipal Leadership and Governance Program (MLGP) is a one-year, 2-module leadership program for mayors and municipal health officers (MHO), with training and coaching on local health systems development focusing on: Good governance in the health sector; Healthcare financing; Access to essential medicines; Health Human Resources; Health Information; and Health Service Delivery. The program aims to empower municipal leaders such that they are able to transform their local health systems and make health programs and services work for the community, especially the poor.

The first MLGP Module 1 was conducted by UNFPA last Sept. 10-13, 2013 at Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City. This was attended by mayors and MHOs of 6 LGUs of Compostela Valley. The first MLGP Module 1 conducted by our Office occurred last Oct. 8-11, 2013 at Pinnacle Hotel, Davao City. This was attended by mayors and MHOs of Davao del Norte. Eight out of 11 LGUs were able to participate. The third MLGP Module 1 happened last Nov. 13-16, 2013 at Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City attended by mayors and MHOs of Davao Oriental and Talaingod (Davao del Norte). The fourth MLGP Module 1 ensued last March 4-7, 2014 at the Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City. This was attended by mayors and MHOs: 9 out of 11 LGUs of Davao del Sur, Tarragona, Manay, and Boston of Davao Oriental, and Kapalong and Panabo City of Davao del Norte. LHSD/LHS/mtteengfo

Davaoeños aged 18 years old and above, converged last February 28, 2014 from 9 AM to 5 PM at the Almendras Gym, in a bid to obtain the Guinness World Record for registering the most number of people to sign up as organ donors. This event under the ‘I am a LifeLine” campaign was organized by the Department of Health, in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and in coordination with the Davao City Local Government Unit.

Davao City was the lone site outside Luzon and one of the six sites in the entire country that was chosen to take part in this activity. The Philippines is attempting to break the current record of Gudjarat, India of 10,450 organ donor registrants last year for the multiple site category, and also for the one-hour single site registration record of 2,755 organ donors, set by Rohtak Haryana in India last year.

At the end of one hour, Davao City was able to contribute 944 ‘LifeLiners” or registered organ donors to the total of 10,120 nationwide. For the multiple sites category, Davao City had 1,941 Lifeliners to the nationwide total of 17,816. This record would have to be validated by Guinness and results are expected in three weeks to three months.

This nationwide registration was done to positively promote organ donation. More than an attempt to break a record, it is sharing a part of us so that ailing Filipinos who need organ transplantation may live. LHSD/HEPS/hrchechanova

The third batch of Municipal Leadership and Governance Program – Final Selection Workshop (MLGP-FSW) of Davao del Sur with Other Catch-up Municipalities of Davao Region was conducted last Feb. 21, 2014 at the Ritz Hotel, Garden Oases Compound, Davao City. The activity was attended by Mayors and Municipal Health Officers (MHOs) of Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental.

The purpose of the activity was to select participating LGUs with poor health indicators and high disease burdens. These will get priority in the selection of participating LGUs with the commitment of support from the Local Chief Executive also deemed to take ownership of the health problems of their constituents.

The panel was comprised of RD Abdullah B. Dumama, Jr. (DOH-RO XI), Dr. Angeli Comia (ZFF), Ms. Josephine Quianzon (DMSF-IPHC), and Dr. Anthony Araneta (PHTO-Davao del Sur). The panel delved into the current health situation of the LGUs and the priorities or strategies that they’ve done to address their challenges. RD Dumama gave tips on 2 important “buttons” of the technical roadmap – Expanded and Functional Local Health Board and 15% IRA LGU Budget for Health - to achieve, in order to influence the improvement of the rest of the indicators in the roadmap.

RD Dumama and the panel strategically convinced the Mayors to publicly express commitment to the program to embed a deeper challenge to their declaration which was followed by the signing of “Declaration of Applicant”.

All the LGUs that were able to present and express commitment were recommended to attend the Municipal Leadership and Governance Program Module 1 on March 4-7, 2014.LHSD/LHS/mtteengfo

In view of the communal intention to eradicate the effect of dengue menace in the Local Government Unit level, Engr. Antoniette P. Ebol, Program Manager of Dengue Prevention and Control Program of Region XI , in partnership with City Health Office, conducted the program "Orientation of Newly Elected Barangay Officials on Dengue Prevention and Control " held at the Almendras Gym, Davao City on February 20, 2014.

The presence of the Honorable Mayor, Rodrigo R. Duterte, as guest speaker, did bring sufficient enthusiasm among the participating Barangay Captains and their respective Barangay Kagawads on Health to give their whole hearted support to the program and manifested their commitment to take necessary actions against the presence of Dengue cases in their respective barangays. Thus, "AKSYON BARANGAY KONTRA DENGUE PAGTIBAYIN" , the new battle cry adopted by the Barangay Captains and Barangay Kagawads of the three (3) Districts of Davao City was formulated to meet the challenges of dengue proliferation.

In addition to the inspirational messages of Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, DOH Region XI Regional Director, Dr. Abdullah B. Dumama, Jr. further encouraged the participants to implement the tested formula for dengue prevention in all levels : STOP at 4 P.M. -- hanapin at linisin ang maaring pamugaran ng lamok araw-araw; LOOK -- magpatingin sa Health Center kung may lagnat na ng dalawang araw; LISTEN -- gawing DENGUE FREE ang inyong Barangay. SUGPUIN ANG DENGUE! /ngrisonar*

The CHD Davao Region conducted a Training of Trainers (TOT) Level 1 on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services (MHPSS)for Nurses and Midwives on February 19-21, 2014 at the Regency Inn, Davao City.

Participants were from the Local Government Units (LGUS)in Davao del Sur, Davao City, and Island Garden of Samal. A total of 29 participants have been capacitated in Psychological First-Aid, Community and Family Support, and MHPSS Advocacy.

TOT for MHPSS Level 2 is scheduled tentatively on April 2014 for Focused, Non-Specialized and Specialized Services for LGUs. LHSD/dlucar

The Colombo Plan is an organization of countries in the Asia-Pacific region. It has bilateral arrangements involving foreign and technical assistance for the socio-economic development of its members.

The Outreach and Drop-In Center (ODIC) of the CHD Davao Region has been extolled in a website article by the Colombo Plan Secretariat for making a difference in the lives of drug users in terms of drug awareness, treatment and rehabilitation.

The complete website article can be viewed at this link:


With the nationwide implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) or the Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (KP), DOH has mandated all the Centers for Health Development (CHDs) to take the lead in providing technical assistance to all LGUs including hospitals in implementing interventions to attain health-related Millenium Development Goals (MDGs).

Last February 14, 2014, OPD–ER Nurses from public hospitals were invited by the CHD-Davao Region Community Health Team (CHT) program led by Mr. Jonathan A. Placido with the support and approval of the Regional Director Dr. Abdullah B. Dumama Jr., for the “Seminar on KP Health Use Plan (HUP) Utilization and Family Profile Form” at the Ritz Hotel, Davao City.

Out of 20 LGU retained hospitals of Davao Region, there were 35 participants who attended the activity. The objective of this activity was to enhance the knowledge and skills of Hospital Emergency Room (ER) and Out-Patient (OPD) Nurses on the KP-CHT HUP or referral system utilization and on the NHTS-PR family and profile form. LHSD/mgtmorala

The CHD Davao Region headed by Director Abdullah B. Dumama Jr., conducted 2 batches of training/workshop on Davao Regional Integrated Health Information System (DRIHIS). This activity was conducted to enhance the skills of the health personnel particularly the LGU encoders and Public Health Nurses on encoding the KP-CHT data using the DRIHIS-KP-CHT Template and at the same time, solicit from them suggestions and recommendation on how to improve the system.

The said activity was attended by the LGU encoders, Public Health Nurses/ KP CHT Coordinators, DOH Representatives and PHO/CHO KP CHT point persons. The 1st batch was held on Feb 4-5, 2014 at the Ritz Hotel, Davao City for the provinces of Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley while the 2nd Batch for the province of Davao del Sur and Davao City was on February 6-7, 2014 in the same venue.

The DRIHIS –KP-CHT is an expansion on the utilization of Mindanao Integrated Health Information System (MIHIS) which was conceptualized in 2010. The system is designed to generate reports related to health status of NHTS-PR families which our Community Health Teams (CHTs) are working on navigating/ referring the patient/case to the health facilities, to Districts Health Offices/ Rural Health Units for management then to the City/ Province Health Offices and the CHD for analysis of the data. It is targeted to be implemented region-wide starting March 1, 2014. LHSD/mgtmorala

The DOH-Bureau of Local Health Systems Development (BLHSD) in cooperation with CHD-Davao Region, conducted a National Consultative Meeting on the Financial Management Procedures with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) last February 5-7, 2014 at Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City.

The meeting was called to orient on and discuss the DBM updates on Financial Management, 2013 HRT Monitoring Results, Budget Call 2015, Guidelines for 2014 DOH Budget, and Government Procurement Processes Pursuant to RA 9184 and COA Audit Rules. Invited resource speakers were Atty. Lawrence Villanueva of the Office of the Secretary; and Cleopatra Bernardino, Grace Darunday, and Artemio Marquines of the DBM.

Attendees on the said event were the DOH Central Office selected officials and staff, Assistant Regional Directors, Chief Administrative Officers, Accountants, and Budget Officers of different regional offices. MSD/Accounting/mcemberga

The Davao TB Reference Laboratory (DTRL) conducted a Remote Smearing Station (RSS) Training for Informal Laboratory Workers of Davao Oriental Province last January 14-16, 2014 and February 4-6, 2014. It was sponsored by Innovations and Multisectoral Partnerships to Achieve Control of Tuberculosis (IMPACT), one of the partners of the CHD- Davao Region's National Tuberculosis Control Program.

The training was conducted to capacitate midwives and barangay health workers in performing sputum smear. In this way, the medical technologists from different municipal health offices will be helped to maximize their time on quality-assured microscopy.

The activity is also scheduled for the other provinces in the region to enable more informal laboratory workers to perform sputum smearing in their remote stations. LHSD/TB/cjsalas

Rabies is a 100% fatal disease in developing countries where animal immunization and control of dogs are low. It remains to be a serious health problem in the country, responsible for the deaths of 200-300 Filipinos yearly.

In Davao Region, statistics from 2009-2013 indicate an increasing trend in animal bite cases while human rabies is still alarming, with more than 10 cases annually. The prevention of rabies infection after exposure is thus of utmost importance.

In this light, the CHD-Davao Region conducted an Orientation and Training on the National Rabies Prevention and Control Program (NRPCP) and on Animal Bite/Rabies Exposure Management for doctors and nurses last January 28-30, 2014 at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City. The activity was held to provide updated guidelines and procedures to all health workers involved in the management of animal bites/rabies exposure, as well as to encourage them to adopt the DOH guidelines to ensure standardized and rational management.

Thirteen (13) doctors and nine (9) nurses from Animal Bite Treatment Centers (ABTCs); along with five (5) doctors and five (5) nurses from Animal Bite Clinics (ABCs) attended. Training for the next batch is scheduled on February 26-28, 2014. LHSD/HEPS/hrchechanova

In acknowledgement of the contributions of the Local Government Units (LGUs) and other health partners to the attainment of the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the CHD Davao Region held the Regional ME3 Conference and Recognition for LGU Partners last January 17, 2014 at the Grand Men Seng Hotel in Davao City, with the theme “Strengthening Partnership in Attaining Millennium Development Goals”.

Based on the results of the LGU Scorecard Indicators, the Top Performing Municipality Award was given to the Municipality of Nabunturan, ComVal Province while the Municipality of Banaybanay, Davao Oriental was recognized as a Hall of Fame Awardee for consistently performing well the past years.

The CHD also honored awardees for the following: Partnership Best Practices, Performance Based Incentives for Barangay Health Workers Federation, Health Facilities with 3-in-1 PHIC Accreditation, National Voluntary Blood Program, Barangays with Best Sanitation Practices, Mother-baby Friendly Workplace Certification and Mother-Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Certification. LHSD/HEPS/hrchechanova

After more than a year of rigorous preparation by the Centers of Health Development all over the Philippines, no less than President Benigno Aquino III awarded to the Department of Health (DOH) the ISO 9001:2008 certification by Certification International Philippines, Inc. (CIP) in a ceremony held in Malacañan last December 18, 2013. Regional Director Dr. Abdullah B. Dumama Jr, together with the heads of the ISO-QMS Committees of CHD Davao Region, attended the awarding ceremony.

DOH is the first government agency to have a department-wide Quality Management System under a single ISO 9001:2008 Certification. With this ISO Certification, it is expected that the DOH systems will operate efficiently and effectively while achieving organizational performance goals such as quality, excellence and client satisfaction.

Kudos to the men and women of CHD Davao Region who dedicated time and effort in ensuring that the office meets the standards set by the ISO 9001:2008. LHSD/HEPS/hrchechanova




  • Generics Awareness Month
  • September 26, World Heart Day


Upgrading/Renovation of health facilities wiithin Davao Region

Approved Budget :
Date of Prebidding :
Sept. 1, 2014@9AM-DOH-RO XI
Bidding Date :
Sept. 15, 2014 at 9AM

Package I. Dental Supplies - P3,793,000.00
Package II. Hygiene/Medical Kit - P10,750,000.00
Package III. Newborn Screening Kit - P4,100,250.00
Package IV. T-Shirts - P700,500.00
Package V. Medical Supplies - P6,176,910.00

Date of Prebidding :
Sept. 8, 2014@9AM - DOH-RO XI
Bidding Date :
Sept. 22, 2014 @ 9AM

Package VI. Drugs and Medicines - P2,101,817.00
Package VII. Anti-Rabies Vaccine - P3,998,720.00
Package VIII. Pesticides - P432,000.00
Package IX. Printing and Reproduction Services - P195,973.00

Date of Prebidding :
Sept. 8, 2014@9AM - DOH-RO XI
Bidding Date :
Sept. 22, 2014 @ 9AM



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