SMI’s partnership with our host communities has come a long way. As a responsible partner in community development, SMI has invested PhP1.2 billion to support the development initiatives of the local government units, tribal communities, and other partners in the public and private sectors.
These programs have translated into beautiful stories over the years. In the succeeding pages, we introduce to you real stories of real people who have experienced real change in their lives.
More of these inspiring stories will be featured in the maiden issue of Panag-uban, the annual community development magazine published by SMI, that is soon to be released this month.
The Rural Health Unit (RHU) of Columbio has its regular health programs in line with the program of DOH. But with the various health requirements of Columbio residents, we have difficulty in budget allocation. We had to prioritize barangays with high cases of health issues. With the support of SMI and other NGOs, we were able to reach all the barangays in Columbio.
With funds from our private partners complementing the LGU budget, we were able to provide the following services and programs to the residents: laboratory testing for pregnant women; lactation management training; adolescent health and development education program to address the increasing cases of teenage pregnancy; family planning classes, feeding program; rabies awareness orientation; diabetes mellitus and hypertension orientation and club organization; TB-DOTS program for indigent patients including provision of foodstuff and multivitamins; and zero open defecation.
We are particularly proud of the 100% accomplishment in our Newborn Screening (NBS) Program which checks for rare but serious conditions in babies just after birth. NBS is free in RHU Columbio and is available to all. We have one case in Datalblao where a child was found positive in one area of NBS, and we continue to provide assistance in the medication of the child. In 2017, the Columbio RHU received an award for our consistent achievement in the NBS Program for the past 3 years.
As a nurse in RHU Columbio, it makes me proud and happy to be able to serve our communities better, and this is because of the support of our partners like SMI.
Maria Rachel V. Arucan is a Public Health Nurse assigned in the Municipal Health Office of Columbio, Sultan Kudarat.