Zandro Casado gives the orientation on the participants of the PRPWD via WEBEXOn September 22, 2020, the Non-Communicable Disease Cluster, through the initiative of Mr. Zandro C. Casado, PTRP, conducted the Orientation on the Philippine Registry for Persons with Disability through WebEx meeting. The activity aims to strengthen the registry system that will serve as a tool and mechanism to collect information on the reporting system of different types of disabilities as mandated by the Republic Act 11228, a requirement and automatically covered under the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

water refill1Are you sure that the water you are drinking is safe because it comes from a Water Refilling Station (WRS)? Water and food is essential to life. Many look for the expiry date when they go shopping for food but never ask their water supplier if they have an initial and operational permit coming from DOH regional office. P.D. 856 or The Code of Sanitation of the Philippines and its Implementing Rules and Regulation, clearly state in Chapter II and its supplemental the physical standards of a WRS as well as the government requirements in order to operate a WRS. The Philippine National Standard for Drinking Water (PNSDW) set the standards and procedure on drinking water quality to protect the public and the consumers. As of this writing the region has 717 water refilling stations, 8 closed for operation mostly due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The region had issued 217 initial permits, 32 operational permits and 14 certificates of

rehabilitation assessmentIn response to the request of the rehabilitation needs of the polio resurgence patients, the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department has initiated a program which includes the physiatric assessment, physical therapy, and referral to other agencies for the procurement of orthosis/assistive device of the children in need. This program, is in cooperation with the Center for Health Development SOCCSKSARGEN Region, Cotabato Regional and Medical Center and Ministry of Health BARMM. During initial assessment last January 24, 2020 and February 12, 2020, 4 out of 7 children from Maguindanao that need orthoses and 2 need wheelchairs. Further, 2 in 9 cases in Region 12 needs prosthesis.

Vetting LIPHThe DOH-Center for Health Development SOCCSKSARGEN Region conducted the Vetting and Validation of 2021 LGU Investment Needs of four (4) provinces and two (2) cities last February 4-5, 2020 attended by Cluster Heads and Program Managers at SB Montañer Hall, DOH-CHD SOCCSKSARGEN Region Cotabato City. The objective of the said activity is to align plans of Provinces, Municipalities and Cities with the current national directions and priorities, and vice versa; consolidated technical assistance from the DOH will be matched with the needs outlined in the Local Investment Plans for Health (LIPH). This LGU Investment Needs is a tool for the consideration/incorporation in DOH Budget Proposal of CHDs and National Program Managers.