BIRTHING HOME TO RISE SOON IN SARIAYA, QUEZON
SARIAYA, Quezon — A health and maternity center will soon rise in Tumbaga village in this town.
Governor David Suarez, with his wife and Alona Partylist Rep. Anna Marie Suarez, provincial board members, village leaders, and provincial and local health officials, broke ground Monday for the 533-square-meter Aruga birthing home.
Suarez said the birthing station will focus on the health and nutrition of pregnant mothers as part of the provincial government’s “Quezon’s First 1,000 Days of Life” (Q1K), a health and nutrition intervention program for pregnant mothers and yet-to-be born children during the 1,000 day-period from pregnancy, birth and until the child reaches two years old.
“Bago pa ito maging batas ng bansang Pilipinas, bago pa ito maging programa ng ating national government, dito sa Lalawigan ng Quezon, apat na taon na nating ini-implement ang programang ito (before this became a law in the Philippines and implemented as a national government program, we have already implemented this provincial initiative for four years),” he said.
He took pride in the provincial government’s initiative on the Q1K as a pioneering health program that was later considered a best practice and model, and is now being adopted nationwide through an enabling law.
The Q1K program also reaped praises from national health authorities and has been recognized during international health conferences and gatherings.
Suarez said the Aruga birthing home is seen to boost the Q1K program with the necessary facilities and services, which have benefited over 13,000 mothers during its implementation for five years now.
He also thanked President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for signing into law the Q1K measure co-authored by his wife.
“Siguro, testament na ‘yan sa galing at husay ng ating pamahalaang panlalawigan na tayo ang naging modelo ng bansa sa isang programang kanilang ipatutupad (Perhaps it is a testament to the expertise and competence of the provincial government that the program now serves as the country’s model for implementation nationwide),” he added.
Suarez further said the birthing station serves as the initial hub, paving the way for more infrastructure facilities to transform it into a full hospital in this town.
The “dream” hospital project also got the full backing of House Minority Floor Leader and Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez and the Alona Party-list lawmaker. (PNA)
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