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Press Release/November 18, 2021

True to his word in establishing the first super health center model in the country, Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo in coordination with Ibaan LGU, various stakeholders in health including private groups and industries have upgraded and converted the Ibaan Rural Health Unit into a polyclinic or a super health center, that can provide all the basic health needs including specialized health services at the local level.

“This is the first and only true super health center in the country with a higher standard of care than a regular rural health center and can provide essential health services to the people in the community,” Director Janairo stated in his message during yesterday’s blessing and inauguration of the facility located in Barangay Talaibon, Ibaan, Batangas.

“Sa pamamagitan ng super health center na ito ay maibibigay natin ang pangangailangang pangkalusugan ng ating mga kababayan. At ito ang magiging testamento na sa lokal na level pa lang ay kaya ng ibigay ang mga serbisyong medikal na kailangan ng isang pasyente upang hindi na pumunta pa sa malalaking ospital o sa Maynila para makapagpagamot.”

“This project is the culmination of a long journey filled with determination, hope and cooperation with the right people and the right partners with a common goal and aspiration - building and providing better health for our people that is affordable, accessible and available to all people,” he disclosed.

The facility offers basic health services including database management, out-patient (opd), tb dots, birthing, isolation, isolation, diagnostic (laboratory: x-ray, ultrasound), pharmacy and ambulatory surgical unit. Other available services are EENT service (for eyes, ears, nose and throat), oncology centers, physical therapy and rehabilitation center and telemedicine, where remote diagnosis and treatment of patients will be done.

Other health care services that will be offered in addition will be provided in partnership with the UP-PGH Department of Surgery and the Southern Tagalog Regional Hospital.

Janairo added that the facility’s operational fund will come from the Annual Municipal Health Budget, Philhealth Capitation Fund, Income from E-konsulta, Pharmacy and Laboratory services.

He also assured that the regional office will provide the initial investment capital funds, health human resources including medicines, medical supplies and other health commodities.

“Ang tunay na pagbabago at pagbibigay ng tunay na serbisyo ay kailangang umpisahan natin. Lagi nating sinasabi ang pagbabago pero ang nangyayari, lalo tayong bumabagal. Kailangan nating bumangon mula sa pandemya at panahon na para maumpisahan ito.”

“Ang super health center ay isang halimbawa at bunga ng pagbabagong ito at pagnanais nating maisakatuparan ang mga makabuluhang proyekto na makapagbibigay ng kaginhawahan sa ating mga kababayan dahil karapatan nila ito. Hindi dahil sila ay mahirap, kung hindi dahil sila ay mga Pilipino!!!,” Janairo emphasized.

The Ibaan Super Health Center is a pilot project of the Office of the Director’s Special Development Programs initiated by Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo and being piloted in four selected municipalities and one city in CALABARZON region.

Its objective is to enable local health care facilities to provide basic health care services and accommodate patients needing surgery and specialized health care services.

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DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo turns-over the ceremonial key to Ibaan Mayor Edralyn Joy T. Salvame during the blessing and inauguration of the first super health center in the country located in Barangay Talaibon, Ibaan, Batangas  on November 17, 2021.

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(L-R) Ibaan Mayor Edralyn Joy T. Salvame, DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo and STRH Medical Chief Ruby Ephraim Rubiano signs the memorandum of agreement to  ensure the delivery of accessible and affordable medical healthcare services to all during the blessing and inauguration of the Ibaan super health center held on November 17, 2021. 

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DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo assures the local government of Ibaan and various stakeholders that the regional office will continue to provide assistance to the super health center until all medical services are established and health equipment are provided.