Guv, Duque lead Boy’s Home groundbreaking rites

Gov. Edgar Chatto welcomed to Bohol on Tuesday, April 10 Department of Health (DOH) Sec. Francisco Duque III as they led capsule laying and groundbreaking rites for the Bohol Youth Home in what will be the health and wellness complex in Malayo Norte, Cortes.

They were with DSWD-7 director Evelyn Macapobre, Cong. Rene Relampagos, Mayor Lynn Iven Lim, and Vice Mayor Leo Pabotoy as well as provincial and municipal officials. The P90million Bohol Youth Home will house children in conflict of the law, funding for which will be P80-million from the Provincial Government and P10-million from the DSWD.

They also inspected the site of the Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital annex which will also be located in the same complex that is a property of the Provincial Government of Bohol along with GCGMH chief Dr. Mutya Kismet Tirol-Macuno.

The P2.2-billion budget for the modernization of the GCGMH has been recently approved, allowing the medical facility to become a specialty medical center. DBM Sec. Benjamin Diokno signed the Multi Year Obligation Authority following the strong endorsements from DOH Sec. Francisco Doque and NEDA Sec. Ernesto Pernia.

Cong. Relampagos authored the GCGMH expansion in Congress with a counterpart senate bill by Sen. JV Ejercito who also recently visited Bohol and inspected ongoing new P500-million building.

The existing main hospital located in Tagbilaran City will continue to operate while its major extension for specialized services will be in Cortes.

Duque was also here to keynote the 16th BNS summit acknowledging work of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) all over Bohol.

He expressed that the dedication of the BNS is extraordinary in serving communities through promotion of proper nutrition and thanked BNS for their efforts.

He said government will not be able to bring nutrition information and services to those who need them without the BNS, recognizing integral role of the BNS in the success of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022.

The challenges to succeed in the implementation of the nutrition plan and to meet the targets are great, he stated. He revealed Bohol is among 36 PPAN-focused provinces, with challenges including growth stunting for children 1-5 years old, wasting of children, and underweight prevalence.

He however vowed continued support of National Nutrition Council as well as the DOH for programs such as growth assessment of children, prenatal and antenatal programs for mothers, and nutrition education and food demonstration.

Tagbilaran City Mayor Baba Yap welcomed guests and participants at the Barangay Nutrition Scholars Summit as he underscored vital role of BNS as front line to effectively implement nutrition programs.

Gov. Edgar Chatto presented the plaque of appreciation to Sec. Duque with Center for Drug Education and Counselling head Dr. Yup Lopez, DOH-7 director Dr. Jaime Bernadas, Mayor Baba Yap, BNS Association Bohol president Erenia Ordinario, National Nutrition Council program coordinator Parolita Mission, Cong. Rene Relampagos, SP Health chair Board Member Jade Bautista, Provincial Administrator Ae Damalerio, LMP Bohol president Mayor Allen Ray Piezas, and Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Larry Pamugas. (EDCOM)

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