Events: Seminar Tackles Continuous Improvement of NOCHP Implementation in 3rd District
Frontliners in the implementation of the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program in the province’s Third Congressional District underwent a one-day re-orientation on NOCHP to assess the status of service delivery and further improve program management. The seminar-workshop is a joint project of the office of Congressman Alfredo Benitez and the NOCHP provincial office headed by Program Manager Roy Balicas, participated by district office staff and field volunteers. The Provincial NOCHP office reports that the Third District currently leads in the implementation with a total of 26,606 residents enrolled and who are now holders of the Negros First Family Health Card. The district also posts the highest availment of government hospital services. Direct beneficiaries include 3,849 in Victorias, 5,036 in E.B. Magalona, 4,815 in Silay, 5,343 in Talisay, and 7,563 in Murcia. Congressman Benitez cited the close coordination with the provincial government and the respective local government units in the district paving the way for the good track record of implementation but stressed that there are more indigent residents and families who have to be reached, thus, the focus on continuous improvement of NOCHP services.
NOCHP provincial manager Roy Bali-cas highlights the milestones of the program as he urged field implementors from the office of Congressman Alfredo Benitez to continue reaching out to the needy and underprivileged families who are the priority NOCHP target beneficiaries.*
The re-orientation session was held July 19 at the Vic Arcade Auditorium in Victorias City. Program policies, guidelines and procedures were re-cascaded, reviewed for actual problems encountered and improvements discussed. A lecture-workshop was also conducted on how to improve the handling of inquiries and complaints by frontliners.
Leading the district staff is administrative officer Belinda Alsonado. Also giving support to the program implementation is the Betty Bantug Benitez Foundation with its executive director Mary Ann Dino. The provincial NOCHP staff served as facilitators of the seminar-workshop.*