5 UP Manila public service programs cited at the UP 1st Gawad Pangulo Award for Excellence in Public Service

HONOREES from UP MANILA: [L-R] CHDP’s Dr Louricha Tan, Dr. Flo Canuto, Dr. Elizabeth Paterno; rCHITS-NThC’s Mr. Arturo Ongkeko Jr, Dr. Portia Fernandez-Marcelo (Director); UP President Alfredo E. Pascual; Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla; Ugnayan ng Pahinungod-Manila’s Dir. Eric SM Talens and Dr. Carlo Primero Gundran; Dr. Raquel del Rosario-Fortun, one of the country’s top forensic experts; and, Dr. Teodoro Herbosa, incoming Executive Vice President of the UP System and former DOH Undersecretary.


Five of UP Manila’s public service programs were honored at the 1st GawadPangulo Award for Excellence in Public Service conferment program held on 30 January 2017 at the UP Executive House, UP Diliman, Quezon City. These are rCHITS or Real-time Community Health Information Tracking System of the National Telehealth Center, one of the six awardees, and the Community Health and Development Program (CHDP) and three Ugnayan ng Pahinungod-Manila's programs -- Oral Health Project, Tutorial Services Program (TSP), and Emergency Room Volunteers Program (ERVP) -- as among the nine finalists from the UP System.


A UNICEF-funded project implemented by the NThC, rCHITS aims to provide real time monitoring of key maternal and child health and governance indicators through the use of Internet and Communication Technologies for effective program planning and implementation. It started on November 2011 in three project sites (Gamay, Northern Samar, Sto. Domingo, Albay, and Glan, Sarangani). Now on its second run, the project has expanded to 10 sites all over the Philippines. These are Lebak and Kalamansig in Sultan Kudarat, Malungon in Saranggani Province, Midsayap, Aleosan, Arakan and President Roxas in North Cotabato, PuertoPrincesa City, Davao City and Quezon City.


The CHDP serves as the field laboratory of UP Manila where its students of medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, pharmacy, allied medical professions, and arts and sciences apply theories learned in class to provide basic health services to the communities through an inter-disciplinary approach. The program is in partnership with the local government and the rural communities. It started in San Juan, Batangas and was operational in several barangays in this town from 2007-2013. From San Juan, the CHDP moved to Cavite where it is being implemented in the AMIGA provinces (Alfonso, Mendez, Indang, General Aguinaldo, and Amadeo) starting in February 2013.


The Ugnayan ng Pahinungod is the only remaining institutionalized volunteer program in the UP System that started in 1994 and which undertakes the above three cited undertakings. The Oral Health project is being undertaken to provide regular check ups and preventive and monitoring care. In 2015, it was conducted in a pilot public school in Calatagan, Batangas, in partnership with the E-Zobel Foundation. Under this project, Pahinungod volunteers conducted dental health education sessions and provided regular check-ups and monitoring and preventive care to 69 grade school pupils. In the same year, another 92 grade school students were given free prophylaxis, toothbrushes and toothpaste and fluoride application. The TSP aims to provide academic enrichment to empower students and instill in them the spirit of volunteerism and service. Under tutorial services, students of UP Manila colleges undergo training to enable them to render free tutorial lessons on English, mathematics, Filipino, and Discipline and Right Conduct. The ERVP was established to uplift patient care in the ER Department of the Philippine General Hospital and augment its personnel providing emergency care. ERVP services are rendered by volunteers from different UP Manila colleges and those outside of UPM. A total of 481 volunteers were deployed in 2015.


At the event, five public service publications were also launched: "Disaster Risk Reduction Management Handbook for Academic Institutions: A U.P. Experience"; "Masterplan of the UP Sta. Elena Campus in Tacloban City, 2015"; "1st Colleges and Universities Public Service Conference Proceedings"; "3rd AsiaEngage Regional Conference Proceedings"; and, "University of the Philippines Visual Identity Guidebook."


The Gawad Pangulo for Excellence in Public Service, according to the program brochure, "is anchored on the University's mandate to lead as a public service university by providing various forms of community, public, and volunteer service, as well as scholarly and technical assistance to the government, private sector, and civil society while maintaining its standard of excellence." The theme of the awards is GALING U.P., LINGKOD BAYAN as it aims to recognize initiatives to exemplify dangal (honor) and husay (excellence)."



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