Urban poor dwellers
get attention from Urban HEART project
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DOH)
partner with the Local government unit of
for the project Urban Health Equity Assessment and Health Equity
Response (Urban HEART).
the orientation held on Tuesday at the Maqueda Bay Hotel Restaurant, Center for
Health and Development (CHD-8) focal person Dr. Imelda Ramos met with
the stakeholders to map out strategies to implement the program.
Urban HEART, said the
petite doctor is a tool intended to give policy makers and key
stakeholders a guide for healthy initiatives at national and local
It added that the
‘tool’ is a user-friendly guide to assess and respond to unfair health
conditions and inequity.
Ramos in her
presentation stated that most often, due to the rapid growth of an
urban community, rapid growth of informal settlement is also observed.
As humanity flock to the urban centers, housing becomes a major
concern that the settlers occupy their own brand of housing that
defies health and sanitary conditions.
The problem on health
now becomes a major concern of the host government.
“It is not good to
deny them, saying they are transient dwellers and are not legitimate
residents,” Ramos said.
The LGU will just have
to deal with them as they pose health problems due to the almost
inhuman conditions in their abode, Ramos told the department heads of
Urban HEART with its
partners aims to identify the gaps and interventions and promote
Among those suggested
interventions include ensuring adequate water supply for washing and
bathing, organizing tobacco-free sports events, initiating clean up
campaigns for vector control and trying to prioritize health education
The project, said
Ramos has given benefits to the urban poor in the cities of Ormoc and
Tacloban and is aimed to radiate to the cities of Calbayog, Catbalogan,
Borongan and Baybay.
The project is part of
the ‘Healthy City Initiatives’ where the city of Catbalogan has
The City Health Office
with Dr. Senecia Yong and DOH Representative Joy Nabong is fully
supported by a technical working group that will start choosing three
urban poor and three urban rich barangays so that they can somehow
study and/or analyze the inequities in their access to health
facilities and services.
The project will be
funded by WHO, DOH and some counterpart from LGU Catbalogan.