Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. again thanked Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Republic of Korea for their help to the people of Iloilo during the closing ceremony of the Iloilo Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Area (GIDA) Health System Strengthening Project on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.
“Words are not enough to express how grateful we are to Koica and the Republic of Korea,” said Gov. Defensor.
Koica country director Shin Myung Seop, program director Prof. Dongwoon Han and representatives from Medipeace, a non-government organization based in South Korea, along with the chief of hospitals and other medical personnel attended the simple occasion held at Casa Real.
Iloilo Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Area (GIDA) Health System Strengthening Project which was initiated by Gov. Defensor and supported by Koica started in 2014. Its primarily goal was to strengthen the maternal and child health service delivery system of the three recipient district hospitals, namely, Aleosan District Hospital in Alimodian, Dr. Ricardo S. Provido Memorial District Hospital in Calinog, and Jesus M. Colmenares Memorial District Hospital in Balasan. It also improved the services of the Rural Health Units (RHUs) of nine municipalities, namely, Alimodian, Leon, San Miguel, Calinog, Bingawan, Balasan, Batad, Estancia and Carles. Koica provided funds for the said project in the amount of $US7 million (roughly P300 million).
Aside from the construction of CEmONC facilities and provision of equipment, a number of health personnel were also sent to Korea to undergo training and capacity building. “We sincerely thank KOICA and the government of the Republic of Korea for this project which greatly improved health services for our people,” Defensor stressed.
Director Shin attributed the success of the Iloilo GIDA Health System Strengthening Project to the strong commitment of Gov. Defensor to the “partnership” between Iloilo province and the Korean government. He also cited the governor’s thrust in making basic medical services accessible to the general public.
As part of the program, accomplishment reports were presented by the chiefs of the three recipient hospitals – Dr. Paz Calopiz (Aleosan District Hospital), Dr. Eduardo Diaz (Jesus Colmenares Memorial Hospital) and Dr. Edgar Castaños (Dr. Ricardo Provido Sr. Memorial District Hospital. RHU personnel of the nine municipalities also presented their accomplishment reports. Another component of the program, the Happy Mom Voucher Program, was also presented by Dr. Maria Socorro Quiñon of the Provincial Health Office.