The Balay Kahimsog has recently been renovated with new and much better facilities as it continues to accept bookings for seminars, retreats and other gatherings of government agencies, schools, and non-government organizations at affordable prices.
With the support of the Fil-Am Center for Community Health and Development (FACCHD) in Pleasanton, Califonia, U.S.A, it has a new dining hall and new restrooms and comfort rooms to accommodate more guests.
The Balay Kahimsog, owned and managed by the VPHCS, is a concrete two-storey building located at the top of the hills of Barangay Cambanac, Baclayon, overlooking the quiet sea on one side and the magnificent mountains on the other side. Surrounded by trees, vegetables and flowers, it is reached by any vehicle about 15 minutes ride through scenic rolling hills from the main highway of Baclayon, about seven kilometers from Tagbilaran City.
It is also a training center for health workers in community-based health programs (CBHPs) in Central Visayas region, and a resource center for primary health care and alternative forms of medicine including herbal medicine.
A spacious open-air conference hall that could accommodate 150 persons occupies the entire second floor. Its first floor has the new dining hall, a dormitory that could accommodate twenty persons, an air-conditioned room for two to three persons, an office, a kitchen, a living room and a reading area in the lobby.
To generate income for the programs and services of community-based health programs developed by the VPHCS, the center has been accepting bookings since it started operation in the second quarter 2009. Proceeds also support medical and dental missions, health skills trainings and alternative medical practices such as herbal medicine preparation, ventusa, acupuncture and homeopathy.
With its fresh air and magnificent view, it is also a perfect place for just staying over for tranquility, a brief respite from the hustles and bustles of city life.