ILOILO City Councilor Candice Magdalane A. Tupas authors the 'PhilPEN Ordinance' of Iloilo City that institutionalizes the Philippine Package of Essential Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Services. (PNA photo)
THE Philippine Package of Essential Non-Communicable Disease Services (PhilPEN) Ordinance will soon be adopted in barangays in Iloilo City.
Councilor Candice Tupas chairman on Health, Sanitation, and Hospital Services, said that barangays need to pass a resolution to adapt the Philippine Package of Essential Non-Communicable Disease Services (PhilPEN) Ordinance.
“For the barangays, need man nila na mag-pass resolution to adapt this. We need to institutionalize and localize it,” Tupas added.
During its regular session on October 2, 2018, the Sangguniang Panlungsod passed an ordinance institutionalizing the Philippine Package of Essential Non-Communicable Disease Services (PhilPEN) as a component of the Integrated Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Program also known as “PhilPEN Ordinance” of Iloilo City.
Tupas stressed the role of local government units (LGUs) in the prevention of non- communicable diseases in her committee report.
“LGU support is very essential in the prevention or management of patients with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) or cardiovascular disease as it often leads to secondary health problems,” she stated.
Based on the findings of the committee report, a strategic fight against NCD is needed for the prevention, early detection and care using cost-effective and sustainable health-care interventions that are integrated in the primarily health care facilities like the barangay health stations.
Moreover, Tupas also recommended increasing the budget allocation specifically for PhilPEN implementation.
“The city currently allocated P300, 000 for NCDs and the City Health Office manifested that this budget is not enough to satisfy full implementation of PhilPEN hence there is a need to increase the budget allocation specifically for PhilPEN implementation,” she stated in her committee report.
Under the ordinance, blood pressure screening shall be utilized to detect possible cases of hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, asthma, and breast/prostate or cervical cancer.
In addition, there shall be an early and timely assessment for risk factors using PhilPEN assessment forms provided by the Department of Health available in the District Health Centers.