General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, along with some national and other local officials, has gone in an immersion activity with a family of indigenous people to determine its predicaments, especially on the aspects of health and living.
Joining Rivera in the half day immersion exercise in rural community Wednesday, August 8, were Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Austere Panadero, Department of Health Region 12 (DOH-12) Regional Director Aristides Tan and City Health Office Head Dr. Jett Oco.
The city government said the group found out that the family did not experience proper maternity care.
Most of their children were into early marriages too, as part of their customary practices in their tribe.
After the immersion, a focus group discussion was held.
Rivera underscored the need for sustainability for health programs and awareness drive for these services.
“May community health center naman ang San Jose but the family is reluctant to visit there. Aside from the provision of basic health programs, we also need to educate our people,” he said.
Another issue that was discussed by the group is the situation of the barangay health workers (BHWs) as they are the key personnel who deliver the health services of the government.
Reforms in the health care were also explored as they planned it to become more inclusive and comprehensive.
The activity was part of the Deep Dive Learning of the City Leadership and Governance Program (CLGP). Its aim is to let key government officials, including chief local executives, to witness firsthand the footing of their constituents.