A A lecture and taining seminar was held last March 14, 21, and 23 at the New Barili, Basketball Court. This is in collaboration with the Jose Rizal Memorial State University Tampilisan Campus to teach residents of New Barili on how to turn farm refuse to organic fertilizers and insecticides.
Introducing the “Limpyong Bata” Wash Station! This communal wash area encourages group hand washing amongst the students of the Day Care Center and the New Barili Elementary School. It is not only fun and engaging, but it also aims to increase awareness and remind school children to perform tooth brushing and hand washing at critical times. With its launching, distribution of personal hygiene kits, demonstration and return demonstration of hand washing and tooth brushing were also done. Of course, this would not have been possible without the help of the parents who worked hand in hand with us in constructing the Limpyong Bata Wash Station.
Nature sure is amazing!
Here is the progress of the Garden NB in pictures-- from land prep, to requisition of seeds, to a tour in a model garden, to seed planting and finally to harvesting full grown organic vegetables.
The residents harvested the vegetables for personal consumption and the mothers of the children daycare center even used the vegetables for the 120-day feeding program!
Team NB proudly joins the efforts of the Department of Health, Water & Sanitation Program, and the World Bank to end OPEN DEFECATION by displaying these HD posters on TOILET SANITATION IN BISAYA DIALECT in strategic areas of the barangay as one of the five parts of the TOILET SANITATION INFORMATION CAMPAIGN under the "Bayanihan sa Palikuran" program of the team NB.
For Health Promotion and Disease Prevention as the core of Community Medicine, the team strongly believes that one of the vital functions of being doctors in the community is ADVOCATING FOR HEALTH through information dissemination thus the creation of the "TOILET SANITATION INFORMATION CAMPAIGN". This aims to influence the members of the community to build their capacity to be the responsible residents that they can be and together, strive for a zero-open defecation barangay. This campaign also synergizes the efforts of all stakeholders, especially the barangay council who was able to procure and distribute water sealed toilet bowls from the office of the Provincial Governor last November 2016.
Special thanks to the generous sponsors of our school ADZUSOM and to the Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine Community Department for supporting our cause to end open defecation.
Encouraging the community to increase physical activity to FIGHT HYPERTENSION through"Hataw sa NB", a weekly zumba session that aims to help promote physical activity in the community. It has now become a part of the saturday afternoon routine of the community. The residents gather at the Barangay Covered Court to ZUMBA their HEARTS out!
"A reminder is always a good investment"
What better way to remind our beloved seniors to take care of their hearts than celebrating Valentine's day healthily, with this year's theme: "Unsaon paghigugma, kung si Heart wala atimana"
Brgy New Barili's celebration of Heart Month included:
Free Health Screening (BP Monitoring and RBS Screening)
DASH Cooking Class
"Hataw sa NB!" Zumba Dance Party
Plus! Meals cooked during the DASH Cooking Class were shared with our seniors.
February does not only include Valentines day...it is also the DOH'S Heart Month...
Mapasingle, taken or complicated man ang status mo, please remember to be careful with your heart.
Lets celebrate Heart Month and have a healthy, happy heart...
ITS A DATE!
Sack it! Improper solid waste management appears to be a perennial problem in most parts of the Philippines, that despite the existence of national legislations, R.A. 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act and P.D. 856 or the Sanitation Code of the Philippines. This is a cause of concern as improper solid waste management may result in an array of diseases that will add not only add to the physical stresses but also the financial stresses of the families that they affect.
The community recognizes that one of the top 10 problems in the community is improper solid waste management. In fact, based on the survey conducted last 2015, 60.9% of households do not practice waste segregation, 76.7% use burning as the primary means of waste disposal and only 2.33% practice recycling, meaning most of the waste produced in the community are not properly sorted and disposed of, which also means that, more of waste produced in the community are incinerated which also has profound effect in the environment. Hence, the need to institute measures that will help the people of New Barili develop an eco-friendly attitude.
The Team New Barili, in an effort to curb this problem, has implemented several activities which aim in increasing the knowledge of the residents of New Barili in proper waste segregation and recycling. To reinforce the segregation practices, the team handed out 3 labeled sacks per household along with a pamphlet that contains the types and categorization of the common wastes in the community. This should serve as receptacles for residuals, recyclables, and special/hazardous wastes.
The making of plant labels for the Garden NB. And just like that, we’re ready for harvest! The Garden Ni Bulilit (NB) is a project spearheaded by the 8 medical students and made to reality by the citizens of the community to fight malnutrition in New Barili. The communal garden is situated in close proximity to the daycare center to fortify the 100-days feeding program. With the amazing community efforts, the Garden became bountiful! Everyone in the barangay may harvest to add nutritious produce in their meals especially for young growing kids!
Team New Barili has re-launched the DUNK-A-BOTTLE campaign in the barangay level. This project, sponsored by UNILAB and well-supported by the barangay officials headed by Melecia Pardo, aims to make reducing, reusing and recycling more fun and effective! It’s a big hit in all age groups! All proceeds from the sale of the recyclables will go to the barangay funds.
Grab a plastic bottle and shoot! 3 points for Solid Waste Management!
This event is the brainchild of Team New Barili.
The school exists to provide solutions to the health problems of the people and community in Western Mindanao.
To ensure sustainability in quality health services provided by the barangay health station while at the same time promoting physical activity as a vital part for the fight and prevention of hypertension, the Team NB came up with the Heart Run- A Benefit Run.
It also became the perfect platform to launch in the municipality our Dunk-A-Bottle Campaign - a fun way to reuse, reduce and recycle!
And lastly, it was the perfect crowd to introduce the locally-sourced cassava products made by the women of the rural improvement club of barangay New Barili. Healthy snacks all around!
This event was made possible by the Tampilisan Municipal Health Officer Dr. Carmel Mathilda Ladeza, Honorable Mayor Angeles Carloto II, the officials of the Local Government Unit of Tampilisan and the Barangay Officials of New Barili headed by Ms. Melecia Pardo.
In coordination with the Tampilisan Municipal Police Station (headed by Chief Sagan) and The Bureau of Fire Protection.
With the help of Team Molos and Team Lawaan (who are also level 4 medical students), the newly immersed 48 level 1 medical students of the Ateneo School of Medicine and Mr. Jaime and Mrs. Gemma Larato.
Sponsored by Beams Spring Water, Safety Enterprises and SMQ marketing.
And the enthusiastic participation of the government offices, the residents of New Barili, the faculty and students of Tampilisan National Highschool (headed by Mr. Cababat), Tampilisan Central School (headed by Mr. Gumela) and Jose Rizal Memorial University (Headed by Dr. Subong).
TO EVERYONE WHO RAN FOR THEIR HEART, THANK YOU!
A painter cannot be a painter without his paint and brush. In order to create a canvas, he needs his materials to create beautiful pictures. Without those, a painter is just another stranger. Likewise, a Barangay Health Station (BHS) cannot be a Barangay Health Station without its facilities. Without those, it is just another building. The services which are available cannot be maximized.
Months have passed since the state of the BHS was given some attention and through the collaboration of the medical students and the barangay council, the first step to its rehabilitation has finally been taken. The barangay was able to allot some funds to start the construction.
As of the moment, the comfort room and the sink are the only structures that were made due to financial constriction; however, both parties are still actively looking for ways to accumulate enough resources to complete the rehabilitation.
In the coming months, together with the community, we will continue to slowly build it and use it to its full potential. It will house the health needs of the community and become the center of health promotion in Barangay New Barili, Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte.
A communal garden has long been a dream of the group for the barangay. This project, we believe, will address malnutrition among families by enabling them to serve and eat healthy meals using homegrown organic vegetables. It will also allow them to cut their expenses by growing their own food. That way, they can spend their money on other necessities such as healthcare.
The benefits of a communal garden is likely to extend beyond food security and health. Family and social relationships can also be strengthened since the members of the community provide advice and support to help overcome challenges and all receive the benefits the gardening project offers.
During our last exposure, we presented the proposal for an extension of the communal garden to the barangay council. A 500 square meter land just behind the day care was allotted, along with their full support for the cause.
This exposure, we were able to talk to Mr. Larry Lumosad, a resident from our barangay who has won several awards due to his farming expertise. He has been recognized not only in a regional scale, but nationally as well. He expressed his willingness to help out in the making of the communal garden since it would also be for the benefit of the barangay and an opportunity for the residents to learn about organic gardening. He advised us to do seeding in his greenhouse rather than plant the seeds directly in the garden. So we gathered up all the seeds that we have solicited and we went to his greenhouse to start planting. It was such a fun experience for all of us because it was our first time to see an actual greenhouse. We put seeds of bell pepper, okra, eggplant, tomatoes, and pechay in different trays. The mung beans, squash and cassava were to be planted directly on the soil of the garden, while the others seeds were reserved to be planted some other time on its suited season. cause after all, Sir Larry knew best.
Three weeks later, and the seeds have finally grown into small plants. We informed the community residents beforehand that it was time to start gardening. Everybody was so participative and eager to contribute, bringing with them their share of kawayan to help in fencing and beautifying the garden.
And so the planting and sowing and constructing began. The men of the group were working on the fence and carrying heavy loads, while the women did the land preparation and planting. The different plants were and seeds were divided amongst 5 groups, and they were appointed to take care of their own part in garden. It was such a beautiful sight to see-- their smiles, their cooperation, their laughs on occasional jokes being made. Their concern for our dirty clothes and hands trying to help. It made us feel truly blessed to be around such beautiful and kind people. Overall, around 100 residents were able to contribute to the success of Garden N.B.
A communal garden may seem like a simple project, but it goes a long way towards eliminating malnutrition and allowing avenues for livelihood among families in our beloved community.
Annually, the Team NB has been celebrating World Toilet Day since the launching of Team NB’s “Bayanihan sa Palikuran” Program. For the past years, the Team observed the World Toilet Day, which is celebrated every 19th of November, by distributing a total of 60 water-sealed toilet bowls to households who did not have any proper toilet facility. Other activities included were proper sanitation school campaign, Handwashing Campaign, Day Care Kids Day, Mr. and Ms. Clean Earth and series of lectures.
This year, the team decided for a School-Wide Sanitation Campaign held on November 20 in New Barili Elementary School, which was, by the way, a day later than the supposed World Toilet Day in order to bring it to a school day. The campaign was composed of synchronized room-to-room Lectures and fun games. The first in the list was the lecture on proper Toilet Facility and its importance. It was partnered with on-the-spot poster making contest. The kids surely had an amazing time showcasing their creativity and artistic side. Next lecture was about Handwashing and its 5 moments. As always, a Handwashing demonstration was done, to the tune of the popular nursery rhyme “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. Another activity was the chorus singing of a Sanitation jingle. To maximize the time and effort of all parties, there was also a lecture on Proper Waste Segregation and a fun game of simulating waste segragation. And last but not the least, the NB Team aimed for a striking experience thus a human formation of the word “TOILET” was organized as the highlight of the event, with everyone in squatting position to emphasize on the #bigsquat in commemoration of the World Toilet Day.
Yet again, it was a great feeling to witness the smiles of the children and we felt more inspired to do the things that we do knowing that our activities painted those smiles. We had so much fun interacting with the kid and we hope that their generation will stop the chain of open defecation in the community and promote proper health sanitation.
With the alarming number of crimes related to drug addicts lurking in our country, the government made its move to find solutions and fight crimes and help addicts to find their way back to a healthy life.
The Health Unit together with the Municipal Police Office joined hands to help keep our Municipality HEALTHY and SAFE.
The Municipal Police Office submitted names of drug addict who surrendered to their office and are willing to undergo rehabilitation. The role of the health team is to do screening test to grade the level of addiction to classify whether they need a higher course of rehabilitation in a higher facility.
Scheduled screening test was made, and we, the medical students were thought and trained by our MHO to do the job.
Let’s help keep our Municipality HEALTHY and SAFE!
Just as committed as our colleagues in medical school, the Team NB shares the passion of the school towards community health. We are being prepared and trained to be the doctors bound to help the society through health literacy and health awareness aside from saving lives through the clinical aspect. Another very important good news was chosen by the team to deliver to the community.
We conducted multiple lectures entitled “Cervical Cancer and its Screening” to selected schools in the municipality. So far, we have covered were Camul Elementary School, Tampiisan Central School, Tampilisan National High School and the Jose Rizal Memorial State University-Tampilisan Campus. The said lecture also promoted the free Cervical Cancer Screening of Tampilisan Rural Heath Unit. The aim of the lecture was to increase the uptake of cervical cancer screening through the recently launched Visual Inspection of the Cervix using 4% Acetic Acid (VIA) screening. We were happy and overwhelmed by the positive feedback that we received from all the teachers in every school as there were many teachers, more than what we expected, who listed for appointments. In a nutshell, we dream of unity of all women, not just in our barangay, but all over the world, and fight like a girl, to end the deaths of women caused by cervical cancer.
The free health services offered by the government can be maximized if everyone will be educated of its implementation. And that is where our challenge lies as doctors for the community, to educate and achieve health for all.