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 Medellin LGU, project team members Petty Orbeta de Castro, Edgar Gahisan and Irish Grace Ramirez visited Medellin on August 24, 2020. They met with Municipal Mayor Joven J. Mondigo, Jr, Giles Anthony L. Villamor of the Municipal Planning and Development Council (MPDC), and Municipal Health Officer, Dr. Oliver A. Gimenez. A list of project activities prepared by the project team was given to them and discussed and they expressed their support to the project.
The officials asked that instead of training only BHERTs from 10 barangays as provided in the grant agreement, they asked that BHERTs from all 19 barangays be trained. It would be the VPHCS to approportion the number of participants per barangay depending on its population so that the participants would still reach 80.
Regarding the installation of handwashing facilities, the government officials recommended that two facilities will be set up in Barangay Poblacion market and two facilities in the public market of Barangay Kawit. The grant agreement had provided the installation of one facility in the birthing clinic in Barangay Poblacion, one facility in the public market in Barangay Poblacion, one in the seaport in Kawit, and the fourth one in the main health center in Kawit.
The project team was asked to coordinate with the Office of the Rescue on the installation of the handwashing facilities.
The officials set August 26, 2020 for a meeting of the barangay captains belonging to the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) of the 19 barangays of the municipality with the project team in order to discuss the project implementation.
Finally, the office of Mayor Mondigo issued Travel Passes for all seven Project Team members and four volunteers, which were signed by Cebu Provincial Governor Gwendolyn Garcia. The said pass would allow the team members to travel in all the project areas without any restrictions.