health awardYet again, it has been another award-hoarding year for Dalaguete as the commencement of the 2017 DOH Regional Health Summit and Awarding Ceremony held at the Grand Convention Center in the afternoon of November 22, 2017 presented a total of six awards to the municipal health office for its exceptional contribution to health programs and delivery of outstanding health service to the community.

Clad in their best national costumes, more than five hundred delegates from health facilities of municipalities and cities all over Central Visayas have assembled for this prestigious annual gathering. The municipality has been honored to receive an award from the National Voluntary Blood Services Program for garnering an exponential increase of blood donors in just a span of a year, qualifying the municipality for the distinction among fourteen other municipalities and cities. In addition, three nurses deployed through the Nurse Deployment Project namely Coca Nicohl B. Osorio, Riche Villarba-de Guzman and Aimee A. Carumba have all bested more than sixty entries for the Most Outstanding Human Resource for Health Award, where nominees were extensively screened and validated by esteemed regional health directors and program supervisors using a battery of criteria, consequently narrowing down the selection to thirteen qualified awardees. The municipality distinctly outdid all other delegates in this category, being the only locale among the entirety of eponymous Cebu with nominees to qualify for the honor, and not to mention with the most number of awardees residing from a single municipality. In addition, each rural health unit from the municipality was also presented with a plaque of appreciation in recognition of its undying support and active implementation of various health thrusts and programs.

Now on its second year to gather prestigious awards from the same occasion, the municipal health office similarly reaped seven awards last year with distinctions on health programs such as Exclusive Breastfeeding and on National Tuberculosis Control, as well as citations for municipal health officer Dr. Jose Edgar V. Alonso and municipal mayor Hon. Ronald Allan G. Cesante, CPA who both earned the Municipal Leadership and Governance Program (MLGP) Bridging Leaders Award. Three nurses from the Nurse Deployment Project (NDP) have likewise received honors for distinction, namely Hycent C. Mier and Jenessa L. Vergara for the Most Outstanding Human Resource for Health Award category, and Coca Nicohl B. Osorio as author of one of the seven best written project proposals in the entire region for the Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Area (GIDA) Project Proposal category.  

The health office is optimistic for more fruitful years of quality service and successful implementation of timely health programs in communion with the advancement and augmentation of health services in the municipality with a unified goal of “All for Health towards Health for All”!

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