Just hours after receiving the Seal of Good Local Governance, the Navotas City Government garnered trophies and cash prizes for its exemplary public health programs.
During the Department of Health-National Capital Region the Gabi ng Parangal, the city bagged the awards for Best in Oral Health Program, Best in Tuberculosis Control Program and Best in Lifestyle-related Diseases Prevention and Control Program.
The city received P300,000 per award or P900,000 in total, which will be used as additional funding for said health services.
“We are honored to receive recognitions for our health programs. Awards, however, are only secondary to our ultimate goal of providing the best service we could give to our constituents,” Mayor Toby Tiangco said.
“We are glad that our public health programs have been proven effective. Yet, we also recognize that we need to constantly improve our services to ensure the well-being of our people,” he added.
Navotas achieved 69 percent out of the 100 percent national target for the number of orally-fit children 12 to 71 months old, the highest among LGUs in Metro Manila. The city used the dental bus donated by DoH to entice young Navoteños to have their teeth checked and treated.
The city also partnered with the Department of Education-Navotas, day care centers, and private organizations such as Colgate-Palmolive Incorporated and Save the Children to reach its targets on oral health care.
Navotas also scored perfect in the 2018 Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) Performance Audit for Highly Urbanized Cities. Constant case findings, screenings and Bidahan seminars led the city to receive an “Ideal” rating from the Department of the Interior and Local Government.