TAGUM CITY – In celebration of Sight Saving Month, the Local Government Unit of Tagum, through the City Health Office, strengthens our city’s eye care services by launching the Project Caring for Others, or Project CO – Eye Program at the City Hall of Tagum last August 26, 2022. This program, started in 1999, aims to provide direct, immediate, and free eye care services to all Tagumenyos, especially to those residing in far-flung areas and to the less privileged sector of our society.
The need for accessible eye care services was highlighted when our City Health Office, through our Community Affairs Field Officers, identified approximately 1,800 Tagumenyos as of August 18, 2022, who currently have eye problems among 23 barangays in Tagum. Most of the cases include cataract, glaucoma, blurred vision, astigmatism, blindness, and pterygium.
Aside from the beneficiaries identified by our community workers, students from Tagum National Trade School and Tagum City National High School were also screened and identified as beneficiaries for the launching of the program.
Headed by the Office of the City Mayor, and through the help of the City Health Office and various partner- stakeholders, the Project CO – Eye Program delivers eye care services including eye consultations, distribution of reading glasses, and conducting of eye surgeries to its beneficiaries. These services can be availed not only in Tagum City but also in the neighboring provinces of Davao del Norte.
To further enhance our eye care services, a tripartite Memorandum of Agreement between the City Government of Tagum, Davao Regional Medical Center, and Mabuhay Deseret Foundation Incorporated, and a Memorandum of Understanding between the LGU Tagum and the Resource for the Blind Incorporated were signed during the launching of the program.
Through the tripartite MOA, the Davao Regional Medical Center is set to provide free eye surgeries to the beneficiaries of the program. Mr. Russel S. Sanaga, one of the said beneficiaries, received an eye operation at DRMC as part of the ceremonial eye surgery conducted simultaneously during the launching of the program.
In partnership with Davao Indian Temple and Gifting Life Davao, the City Government of Tagum also received eye care supplies, including eyewear, eye sutures, and eye gels. N95 Singamasks, all the way from Singapore, were likewise given to our personnel from the Traffic Management Unit of LGU Tagum.
“Kining programa nga Project CO, atong ipadayon, kay daghan pa sa atong mga kaigsoonan… nanginahanglan gyud ang ilang mata og check-ups.” In his speech during the program, Mayor Uy reiterated the needs of the people, ensuring that the City Government of Tagum will continue providing public health services through the Project CO – Eye Program. Zenia M. Sanchez/CIO Tagum