P31.6-M worth of infra projects to bring vital healthcare services to remote areas in Abra
BAGUIO CITY—Health services will soon be more accessible to residents of geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAs) in six Abra towns following the construction of six healthcare stations worth P31.6 million to address the challenges and disparity in healthcare accessibility and to guarantee that all communities have access to essential medical care.
“The government recognizes the dire situation of our physically remote areas, which have experienced challenges in getting vital medical treatment. Healthcare disparities have been a source of concern, and we understand the importance of a holistic solution,” said Regional Director Araceli San Jose today.
She said developing healthcare facilities in remote areas is more than just constructing buildings; it is about building a healthier future for every community member by bringing healthcare services, expertise, and support directly to them, as well as the government’s commitment to their health, their families, and the entire community.
Adding, “The projects funded under the Support to Barangay Development Program (SBDP) spearheaded by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) for GIDAs mark a pivotal moment in the region’s pursuit of equitable healthcare they deserve.
She explained that the six (6) health stations are strategically located in Barangays Pang-Ot, Nanangduan, Villavieja, Dintan, Bolbolo, and Tikitik in Pilar, Abra will provide crucial services to the area’s various indigenous peoples communities which include regular medical consultations, immunizations, and health education programs.
“The development of these health stations is intended to promote the general health and well-being of indigenous peoples by expanding their access to healthcare. Furthermore, the stations will serve as a venue for community health workers to conduct outreach programs and encourage preventive measures,” she said.
Empowering local communities
During a joint inspection by DILG Cordillera, DILG Abra, and the Municipal Government of Pilar, Municipal Mayor Tyron Christopher Beroña emphasized the need for improved healthcare services and community empowerment to address previously affected areas and promote development and stability.
“Our goal is clear: to create an environment that is stable, robust, and conducive to progress. By focusing on healthcare improvements and community empowerment, we are setting the groundwork for a better future for Pilar, where our constituents thrive and contribute to the progress of our community,” he said.
Bringing closer govt services
The Upgrading of Cuda-Caocaoayan Farm-to-Market Road, valued at Php 6.6 million, will have a positive impact on approximately 385 residents of Barangay Lul-Luno, Luba, Abra.
This project aims to improve accessibility to government services, enhance safety in transportation, facilitate the delivery of agricultural products to market centers, and stimulate economic growth in the barangays.
To recall, SBDP is a hallmark program of the NTF-ELCAC with the end goal of bringing development to former conflict-prone communities.
The SBDP also forms part of the government’s whole-of-nation approach in fighting the communist armed groups in the countryside, with the overarching objective of eradicating the root causes of the insurgency, poverty, and social injustice in remote communities across the country identified to have been influenced by communist ideologies. **With reports from JMO/LGMED