Gov. Catamco reconvened, reactivated provincial health board amid pandemic

KIDAPAWAN CITY – North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco has reactivated the provincial health board that had been idle in the past fourteen years to address health concerns of every North Cotabateños.

Dr. Eva Rabaya, North Cotabato provincial health officer and head of Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO), said the board had become inactive and had not been functioning as advisory body.

However, she said its members have been performing their mandate.

But for Gov. Catamco, the board must function especially now that the country is in the midst of the battle against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“This is very important as we are all in the midst of a pandemic. The province is fervent in the continuation of its health protocols for COVID-19,” Catamco said during today’s health board meeting.

Rabaya agreed with the Governor.
She explained the importance of the board that will serve as recommending body to the provincial government relative to health concerns of its constituents.

Rabaya shared with the reconstituted board the the pillars of health covering service delivery, financing, regulation, governance, accountability and transparency.

In the meeting presided by the Governor, one resolution was approved that had reconstituted the board membership.

Also approved during the meeting were the immediate procurement of anti-venom vaccines, anti-rabies medicine as cases of snake bites and animal bites had been on the rise in the province. Also to be looked upon is the cases of measles in the province.

A resolution was also approved endorsing to the provincial board the establishment of a new district hospital in Banisilan, North Cotabato.

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“We need to prioritize that this board should be functional,” said Gov. Catamco.

In attendance to the meeting were member of Health Board, Provincial BoardMember Dr. Philbert Malaluan, Dr. Mercedita Salameda of DOH and Ms. Adela Bustamante who acted as Secretariat.