Pregnant women told to avail services of govt-operated birthing facilities

TAGUM CITY—Pregnant women are encouraged to avail the services of government-operated birthing facilities after the Department of Health and the local health office here noted the dwindling number of women who have given birth in the birthing facilities operated by the local government here.

This after the City Government of Tagum and the Department of Health recently inaugurated the safe birthing facility in Barangay Apokon, the third to be erected in the city after two facilities constructed in Barangays San Miguel and La Filipina, respectively.

Mayor Allan L. Rellon disclosed that he had ordered the City Health Office, through the barangay health workers, to intensify its campaign for women to avail not only the pre- and post-natal care services in the city’s health centers but also those of the birthing facilities operated by the LGU.

This call was likewise echoed by Ma. Corazon Mendez, the development management office head of DOH XI, who was present during the inauguration of the newest birthing home in the city.

The said facility will be manned by three midwives and nurses paid by the local government while some of the equipment stationed in the area are donated by the World Health Organization.

Meanwhile, Mayor Rellon also shared that the clustering of barangays into seven districts will soon be implemented which will effectively cascade the delivery of basic services in the grassroots, including health services.

The local chief executive stated that the city’s core group of planners are now finalizing the feasibility study for this matter and it will be a matter of time before the local government can devise strategies to effectively roll out its clustering plan. Louie Lapat/CIO Tagum


Mayor Allan L. Rellon leads in the newest inaugurated the safe birthing facility in Barangay Apokon, the third to be constructed in the city. The said facility offers not only birthing services but also pre- and post-natal care services. Jay Apostol/CIO Tagum