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Training on alternative medicine for barangay frontliners in 2021
By: Mylen Manto, Vanessa Almeda | Published Wednesday, December 23, 2020
In a distribution of cash incentives event, Gov. Gwen Garcia informed barangay health workers and nutrition scholars about the training on traditional and alternative medicine set for them next year. (Junjie Mendoza)

Barangay health workers (BHWs) and barangay nutrition scholars (BNS) in the Province of Cebu will undergo training on traditional and alternative medicine next year.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia announced this during the distribution of barangay workers’ cash incentives in Liloan town Monday, December 21.

“So mga barangay health workers, BNS, dako kaayo mo’g papel niini. Ibalik nato ang kinaraang paagi nga karon nakita nato epektibo batok niining Covid-19 og sa bisan unsa’ng sakit,” she said.

At the height of Covid-19 pandemic, Garcia encouraged all Cebuanos to boost the immune system by keeping a health regimen such as eating fruits and vegetables and drinking lemonsito and turmeric beverages.

The governor also started the SugBusog program wherein Cebuanos were urged to plant vegetables in their backyards to be productive while stuck at home.

After the successful first phase of SugBusog, the program is now institutionalized in each local government unit and barangay with budget allocation from the Capitol for the setting up of nurseries.

The Cebu Provincial Government will tie up with the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) for the training. 

Under Republic Act No. 8423 or the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act of 1997, PITAHC is mandated “to improve the quality and delivery of health care services to the Filipino people through the development of traditional and alternative health care and its integration into the national health care delivery system.”

The PITAHC’s mission is to lead in the “research and development, promotion and advocacy, and development of standards on traditional and complementary medicine” and ensure its “accessibility, availability, sustainability and integration into the national health care system.” (Mylen Manto, Vanessa Almeda)