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Ceremonial Turnover of Handwashing Facilities in Tabuelan, Cebu

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The ceremony of the turnover of the handwashing facilities donated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) ReachHealth Project to the Municipality of Tabuelan was held on November 13, 2020 at the Public Market grounds.

The affair was graced by Sangguniang Panglunsod Member Riza M. Bravo representing Tabuelan Mayor Raul T. Gerona and Tabuelan Rural Health Unit Consultant Dr. Jose R. Rodriguez, staff of the Rural Health Unit led by Public Health Nurse Gerra Lahaylahay, staff of the Vicemayor’s office Vincent Comeros, staff of the Visayas Primary Healthcare Services, Inc. and Keannu M. Arnoco and Carmen Claire Alfafara of the RTI International.

The Visayas Primary Healthcare Services, Inc. organized the turnover ceremony as part of the project supported by the USAID on COVID-19 response.

The opening prayer was led by VPHCS staff Lora M. Manigos which was followed by the opening remarks of Dr. Rodriguez. He was followed by an overview of the ReachHealth project given by project team leader Edgar E. Gahisan. Following his speech was the speech of Dr. Erlinda Posadas, program physician of the VPHCS, who presented the two handwashing facilities in Tabuelan in the following sites, namely: the facility in the public market and the second one in Tabuelan Port. She also said that the USAID was donating BIDA hygiene kits for the use of patients of COVID-19.

Her speech was followed by the ceremonial ribbon cutting of the handwashing facility by Ms. Bravo and Dr. Rodriguez. They then proceeded to sign the Certificate of Turnover and Acceptance. Dr. Rodriguez then gave his acceptance speech, thanking the USAID for the donations and expressing his welcome to the RTI International and VPHCS staff to continue their support for his municipality’s projects.

The ceremonial first handwashing was then done by Dr. Rodriguez and Ms. Bravo. This was then followed by the turnover of BIDA kits donated by USAID ReachHealth Project to the Municipality of Tabuelan, which were accepted by Ms. Bravo and Dr. Rodriguez. Mr. Arnoco then gave the closing remarks.

A picture pose by all the participants was then taken. The activity started at 10:00 a.m and ended at 11:00 a.m.

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