Issue of May 12, 2019
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Profiling of disadvantaged areas in Kalinga continues
by Peter A. Balocnit / PIA

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The profiling of geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) identified by local government units is ongoing in the province to pave the way for faster delivery of health services and access to health facilities as mandated under the Universal Health Care law.

Remegio Basilan of the Provincial Department of Health Office said the profiling of GIDAs is a continuing activity in partnership with local government units through the midwives with the help of human resources for health hired by the DOH. 

They have already validated 48 GIDAs in 2015. 

GIDA refers to communities with marginalized population, physically and socio-economically separated from the mainstream society, and characterized by physical and socio-economic factors.

Physical factors include isolation due to distance, weather conditions, and transportation difficulties (island, upland, lowland, landlocked, hard to reach and unserved/underserved communities).

Socio-economic factors include high poverty incidence, presence of vulnerable sector, and communities in or recovering from situation of crisis or armed conflict.

Basilan said a GIDA is determined based on physical factors wherein 25 percent of a purok’s population needs more than 60 minutes travel to nearest barangay health station or birthing home or if 50 percent of its population needs 60 minutes travel to the nearest rural health unit or hospital.

An area falls under GIDA if it fails to meet national standard as measured by socio-economic parameters where there are displaced persons, 50 percent of the population are indigenous peoples, if there is high infant mortality rate, low in contraceptive prevalence, and lack sources of safe water.

Basilan said to bring health services faster and make health facilities accessible to the communities, interventions such as construction of health stations, opening of roads are introduced.

GIDA barangays are priorities when it comes to the deployment of human resources for health, he added.

The identification of GIDA aims to empower communities, LGUs, and key stakeholders toward good governance for health; to generate LGU and community commitment to manage and sustain healthcare; to strengthen multi-sectoral linkages through convergence and efficient use of resources, and to improve access and provision of health services.

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