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Friday, December 12, 2008


The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) recently donated Four Thousand Eight Hundred Dollar ($4,800) worth of equipment and medical supplies to Olongapo City as part of their objective to provide the high risk mothers with adequate and affordable Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC). This was announced by Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. at the flag raising ceremony on December 08, 2008.

Olongapo City’s latest PhP2.5-million BEmONC center is located in Brgy. Barretto. Among the facilities the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) donated to this center were a suction machine, delivery table, infant weighing scale and minor surgical kit.

“These facilities can help bring about safer deliveries,” said UNFPA City Project Coordinator Bel Dado. She noted UNFPA also donated similar facilities to the city’s other BEmONC centers in Kalaklan, New Kababae, New Cabalan and Gordon Heights villages.

Mayor Gordon recently signed an Ordinance no. 59 known as the Basic Emergency Obstetric and New Born Care (BEmONC) ordinance of Olongapo City. This is an ordinance establishing Facility-Based Deliveries for all pregnant mothers in Olongapo City.

The City Health Office will take the lead in the implementation of the ordinance. It will serve as the central advisory, planning and policy-making body with the City Mayor as Chairperson.

The city’s Sangguniang Panlungsod approved the ordinance last November 5, 2008.


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