PHAPCares works with local officials to enhance health services in remote Benguet Town

PHAPCares Foundation is working with local government officials of Buguias,
Benguet to enhance the delivery of basic health services to residents of the
remote town.
Buguias is a third-class municipality composed of 14 barangays with a total
estimated population of 43,627. Primarily an agricultural town, Buguias is one of
the leading producers of highland vegetables, especially carrots, in the province
of Benguet. Most of the vegetables produced in the town are sold at the La
Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post or are marketed to other parts of the country.
On March 27, 2019, PHAPCares conducted an assessment and site coordination
activity in Buguias and identified the following needs: training of trainors for the
intensification of health advocacy, especially on HIV and teenage pregnancy;
sanitary toilet; dental/oral health; disaster preparedness; and prevention of
To follow through, PHAPCares held another coordination meeting on June 17,
2019 to discuss the identified health needs and interventions. The meeting was
attended by PHAPCares Project Manager Dennis Romerick G. Tuazon,
PHAPCares Administrative Associate Jose Joy Del Castillo, PHAPCares
volunteer Dr. Lunalinda Luz, Vice Mayor Dione Baucas, Municipal Health Officer
Dr. Hilda Kimakim and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
Office (MDRRMO) officials.