MMDC health programs seek to boost social protection
One of the regular medical missions provided by Marcventures for its host communities where infants, adults, pregnant and lactating women and even senior citizens continue to benefit from free medical consultations, medicines and vitamins. In right photo, barangay health workers participate in a first aid training sponsored by MMDC to equip them with basic knowledge in assisting medical emergencies.
Recognizing the immense value of health in sustaining a vibrant and productive community, Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MMDC) implements health programs that promote wider access to healthcare and raise the emergency preparedness of local health workers.
Over a hundred health workers from four villages in Cantilan and Carrascal towns benefited from the series of first aid and health emergency rescue trainings conducted by the company.
Mainly targeting Barangay Health Workers, nutrition scholars and emergency rescue personnel, the trainings aim to raise the bar of the recipient-barangays' emergency response and health services.
Health worker Fe Roadel, of Barangay Bon-ot in Carrascal, said the training has equipped her with the necessary skills to better respond to health emergency cases.
"The training sponsored by MMDC has not only heightened our readiness during medical emergencies, but gave us more confidence that we can serve our constituents better," the 63-year old Roadel said.
A guaranteed access to healthcare being one of the primary elements of social protection, MMDC also allocated over P990,000 to subsidize the health insurance of deserving communities in five Cantilan and Carrascal villages.
In partnership with the government-run Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), the insurance guarantees that community recipients are able to avail themselves of social health insurance benefits in accredited health care institutions for a whole year.
At least four community-run pharmacies (Botika ng Barangay) and clinics in the two towns also received supplies of medicines, including a stretcher for the health center in Brgy. Bon-ot, Carrascal.
Belia Murillo, 54, said the free medicines provided in her village of Panikian has eased the family's burden when one of her relatives fell ill early this year.
"Medicines really cost a lot these days, so we are thankful to MMDC for giving our barangay the ability to provide residents with this kind of assistance," said Murillo, who has been widowed for 17 years.
The medicines and other health services extended by MMDC to the barangays are duly approved during consultations with community members, who identify the specific projects according to their needs.
Bon-ot Councilor Bella Laurdin said this participative approach has made their health services more responsive to the needs of their constituents.
"MMDC has done a lot to raise the quality of health services that we offer to our constituents. From medicines to other types of health assistance, the barangay can readily respond because we have a reliable partner in MMDC," Laurdin said.
Marcventures allocated more than 1.5 million in 2017 to fund all its community-based health services, and this continues and further expanded in the 2018 budget under the health component of the company's Social Development and Management Program (SDMP).