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Thursday, September 18, 2008


Olongapo City has been chosen as one of the pilot cities for the Urban Health Assessment Record (Urban HEART). On September 19, 2008 an orientation about Urban HEART was held by the Department of Health (DOH) at Grasshut Restaurant in Olongapo City.

Present during the orientation were Mayor James ‘Bong’ Gordon Jr., DOH Representative Linda Fabunan, City Health Officer Arnildo Tamayo, Assistant City Health Officer Lloyd Bryan Tubban and City Planning Officer Marey Beth Marzan.

Marzan and Regional Urban Heart Coordinator Engr. Manuel Castro presented the project.

Urban Heart is an assessment tool to give the policy-makers and key stakeholders at national and local levels a guide to measure the current status and conditions of their cities and find the areas that need attention.

Urban Heart was developed by the World Health Organization Center for Health Development in Kobe, Japan. It is made up of two components: health equity assessment and health equity response.

According to the DOH, the following are the objectives of the project:

• Assist communities to identify gaps and interventions and promote health equity

• Help policy-makers achieve a better understanding of social determinants and associated health outcomes

• Stimulate policy-makers to make strategic decisions and interventions sensitive to the needs of vulnerable groups

• Assist program managers to develop better intersectoral collaboration and communication strategies dealing with various determinants of health

The other pilot cities are: Parañaque City, Taguig City, Naga City, Tacloban City, Zamboanga City and Davao City.

‘This will definitely help the city to determine the health status and conditions ng mga mamamayan. Health is a major concern for us and this project will aid us in successfully improving the health care delivery sa bawat mamamayan ng Olongapo,” Mayor Gordon said.

Mayor James ‘Bong’ Gordon Jr. delivering his speech during the orientation of the Urban Health Assessment Record (Urban HEART) at Grasshut Restaurant on September 18, 2008.


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