Relationship of community involvement in health management in today’s changing climate scenario PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 January 2015 10:59

With the unpredictable climate atmosphere we are experiencing nowadays, there seems to an alarming rise of health concerns in the barangay level.  Leaders of this community must be aware of it so they will know what to do. And Pep Talk is glad there is an NGO (non-government organization) that is concern on this area.

Last January 21, 2015, a project research managed by Reach Out to Others Foundation ROOF), Inc., entitled, “Measuring Health Vulnerability, Enhancing Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Among At-Risk to Communities of Zamboanga City and Basilan,” was presented by its Lead Researcher Liezl de-Sosa Camacho for validation.  The audience came from selected barangay local government units from Zamboanga City and Basilan, including barangay health workers.

According to Camacho, the presentation had three (3) major objectives; first, is to develop a conceptual framework and measurement instrument for determining “vulnerability and resiliency” factors associated with health and disease; second, to apply the above cited measurement tool in assessing the vulnerability status of selected deprived communities; and third, is to determine community resiliency in examining their own natural strategies for adaptation to climate change.

“This research invites us to explore more and share existing knowledge with the communities,” Camacho told the audience imploring them s to implore them to cooperate and participate as they play vital roles.

ROOF President, Dr. Grace J. Rebollos said, “We want to get back into the barangay levels  to see what we can do to put things together with the native knowledge that has been inputted during the surveys.” This is crucial first step for the success of the project, she added.

Recodo Barangay Kaptain Joselito Macrohon and Kag. Phyllis Granada are among the active participants of the research. They shared important cause factors that can be attributed to the increase of diseases or illnesses in their barangays.  Other community leaders also gave vital inputs.

Dr. Rebollos said that this is a good way that we have this kind of meeting. The participants are able to validate or disagree to the results of the survey results she said with a smile.

Those who supported this research are  the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Katilingban sa Kalambuan Inc. (KKI), and Nagdilaab Foundation, Inc. (NFI). (Inputs shared by Karel B. Mellanes)
ZABIDA (Zamboanga Basilan Integrated development Alliances Inc. ) is the first NGO approved by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECI) and Manos Unidas, the Spanish Executing NGO in the Philippines.

It is a non-stock, non-profit organization established in February 2007 with a consortium of four (4) NGOs namely Katilingban sa Kalambuan, Inc. (KKI); Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ); Reach Out to Others Foundation (ROOF) in Zamboanga and the Nagdilaab Foundation Inc. (NFI) in Basilan. They have one aim - uplift the quality of life of  the disadvantaged sectors in Zamboanga City and Basilan.

By Dante Corteza

In the bible, Hebrews 13:5 tells us that God will never leave us, never forsake us, that He is always our Helper. We are admonished, then, to be content. Contentment has its foundation in knowing God. We can never reach that point unless we put ourselves out to love Him and challenge this fear, to overcome the inertia and entropy that is working in everybody's life. That is where the hard work comes in, challenging the fear and the laziness.