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VPHCS coordinates with Bogo City Local Government Unit on COVID-19 Response Project

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The Visayas Primary Healthcare Services, Inc. is implementing a project supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) ReachHealth Project administered by the RTI International to provide technical assistance to the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Bogo City, Tabuelan, San Remigio and Medellin, in the implementation of various capacity-building activities to support community-based COVID-19 response to delay, contain the transmission of COVID-19, and mitigate the effects of the pandemic in their localities.

In order to start collaboration with the Bogo City LGU, project team members Petty Orbeta de Castro and Edgar Gahisan had a meeting with two representatives of Bogo City Mayor Carlo Jose A. Martinez, namely: Antonieto Suico, the Administrative Officer and Atty Jose Neil Lumongsod, Executive Assistant 4 on August 28, 2020. A short introduction started the meeting followed by an overview of the project.

Like the other Municipalities of Medellin, San Remigio and Tabuelan, the officials wanted the project to cover all the 29 barangays instead of the 15 barangays for the BHERTs trainings provided in the grant agreement. Thus, it was agreed that 20 barangays will be covered by VPHCS and 9 barangays will be under ReachHealth although according to Provincial Technical Officer – Cebu Keannu Arnoco who was present in the meeting, ReachHealth had already conducted their trainings. The officials provided the team with the list of barangays for VPHCS to train.

With the inquiry of Mr. Suico on the role of the LGU, it was agreed that the latter will set the project orientation for the barangay captains and the venues for the trainings, and to arrange for the meeting of the LGU persons responsible for the installation of the handwashing facilities in the areas identified in the grant agreement.

Thus, the project orientation for the barangay captains was set on September 7, 2020 at 9 a.m. in the audio-visual room of the Municipal Hall of Bogo City. The BHERTs trainings will be done in the covered court of the city.

A meeting with the Bogo City Health Officer will be set next week.



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