Mining firm trains ‘pandoys’ in Siocon PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 August 2011 17:11

A mining firm, believing that health is of paramount importance to its Indigenous Peoples host, has trained a group of “pandoys” to upgrade their knowledge and teach them how to properly and safely administer health care to community members.

The TVI Resource Development, Inc. (TVIRD), is into copper and zinc mining in Mount Canatuan, the home to IPs known as the Subanon natives in mount Canatuan, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte province.

TVIRD information officer Rocky Dimaculangan said that a total of 23 pandoys have graduated from the recent two-day training dubbed as the Basic Home Nursing Course.

The pandoy are the traditional Subanons’ midwives who are armed with the knowledge they learned from their ancestors. They were the only ones available to attend to the health problems of the fellow Subanons using herbal concoctions and massage.

The Subanon community depended on their pandoy to remedy ailments ranging from stomachaches to childbirths.

Dimaculangan said the training was conducted with the support of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC)-Zamboanga del Norte chapter.
Dimaculangan said that TVIRD senior physician Dr. Ulysses Silorio, together with a team of PNRC trainers, composed the training modules as part of the Safe Motherhood
program initiated by the company to help address the lack of basic health services in far-flung areas of the Subanon ancestral domain.

TVIRD midwife Malou Prestoza, who is the pandoy group’s mentor and organizer, said the training was on top of the monthly health briefings “we hold for them.”

Prestoza said they had organized the pandoys and taught them the proper way to attend to normal childbirths as well as to identify risks among pregnant women.

They were also taught on how to apply the right antiseptic techniques, to care for infants, to administer basic first aid, and to handle and manage emergency health-related situations at home, Prestoza said.

The recently-concluded training was the second to be held by TVIRD since it organized the pandoys in March of last year, she said.

Dimaculangan said the TVIRD, through its Community Relations and Development Office (CReDO), provided a kit to each of the pandoy after their graduation.

Dimaculangan said the kits, known as the “pandoy kit,” contain a blood pressure monitor, sanitized forceps, scissors, gloves, alcohol and other items, which the pandoys would use only during emergencies.