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DAVAO ORIENTAL- On December 3, Typhoon Pablo made a landfall in Mindanao and ravaged Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley Province. The municipality of Baganga in Davao Oriental was not spared from Pablo’s wrath. Almost four years later, Baganga remained strong and resilient despite Pablo’s devastating aftermath.

01 Residents lined up for a free medical check up

 

Residents lined up for a free medical check-up.

Just recently, three upland barangays in Baganga became the recipient of the 18th Serbisyo Caravan, organized by the Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies (ARENA).An estimated 6,000 residents from Brgy. Binondo, Brgy. Batawan, and Brgy. Mahan-ob gathered in Brgy.Binondo gym last October 13-14 to line up and avail of the free services offered by 36 national line agencies.

While we live in a technologically-advanced world, it is undeniable that those who live in the darkest corners and remote areas in our country still have no access to technology. Because of their location, professionals are not around to guide them. They need the technology and better equipment to further enhance and improve their agriculture, education, and health sector, among others.

In the health sector alone, far-flung areas receive the least access to basic healthcare services. There is a lack of health workers and doctors to attend to their needs. The nearest hospital may be a 3-hr ride away from their barangays. People just tend to sleep off their sickness and pray it will not get any worse.

But here comes a technology that could potentially help patients in rural communities. The future of our healthcare system may lie in telemedicine. Telemedicine or telehealth is the use of telecommunications technologies to enhance and deliver healthcare services and information. With telemedicine, doctors and specialists can evaluate and diagnose patients in far-flung areas through text or email.

Gayle Lagmay Undergraduate Oral Presentation Winner

Ms. Gayle B. Lagmay from the University of the Philippines Mindanao presented her research entitled “Photocatalytic and Antimicrobial Studies of Polyhydroxybutyrate-co-hydroxyhexanoate ((PHB-HH)/TiO2 Nanocomposite Film”. She topped the Oral Presentation-Undergraduate Category.

Thirty five researches were presented during the 6th Health Research and Development Expo last September 22-23 at the Grand Men Seng Hotel. With the theme “Research and Innovations for Better Health Outcomes”, the expo provides opportunities to the researchers to showcase their health research results and a venue for educating the public on the completed health researches.