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IGACOS Certifies for Zero Open Defecation Grade 1 Regional Level

Regional Evaluators from the Department of Health (DOH) XI, World Health Organization (WHO), and Provincial Health Office (PHO) together with the City Verification and Certification Team chaired by City Mayor Al David T. Uy, duly represented by Executive Assistant IV Guillermo Olden, conducted a field evaluation on selected model barangays; Tambo, San Miguel and San Isidro of Babak, Samal, and Kaputian districts, consecutively, on March 18, 2024. The mentioned barangays were recipients of Zero Open Defecation (ZOD) Grade 1 Criteria under the Environmental Health and Sanitation Program. 

Acknowledging the paramount importance of enforcing environmental sanitation and preventing a breakout of cholera and various waterborne infectious diseases, a series of actual household validations and monitoring, compilation, and compliance of documentary requirements to attain the ZOD Grade 1 status was conducted within 120 days in the last year, 2023. Under the leadership of Mayor Uy, facilitation of the City Health Office led by Dr. Dennis Carlos Flores, and cooperation of the CVCT, and Barangay government units, 44 out of 46 barangays in IGACOS were granted with ZOD Grade 1 Certification. Consequently, the accomplished feat upgraded the City to Regional Level of ZOD Grade 1 Status. 

During the feedback session held at the Kaputian beach Park White Sands Hostel after the field evaluation, WHO representative, Ms. Emielyn Relopez, RN commended and congratulated, the LGU of IGACOS for achieving 95% of ZOD certified barangays, surpassing the 70% requirement for the ZOD Grade 1 status. She applauds the fast progress and great contribution of the City to achieve the aforementioned endeavor since currently, only 107 barangays were ZOD certified out of 1,162 brgys of the entire Davao Region. This accomplishment of the City propelled Ms. Relopez to highlight Samal Island to the approaching Western Pacific Region (WPR) WHO Conference for its best practice of sanitary implementation. 

After the feedback session, WHO representative, Ms. Emielyn Relopez, RN, DOH representatives, CHD-RXI Engr. Mohammad Fahrudin Aliuden, CHD-RXI Dr. Kessel Mae Dominguez, CHD-RXI Dr. Amor Vergara and ENVISAN Coordinator, PHO-DDN Marife Tampadong, RM, paid a courtesy call to Mayor Uy. The evaluators conveyed their intention of accentuating IGACOS in the WPR WHO Conference and gave suggestions for the city to successfully endeavor the 100% ZOD. Mayor expressed his gratitude and his full support to attain the goal and secure with sustainability the environmental sanitation vital to prevent dire diseases. (SamalIslandInformation/EliOnada/Photos:ChristianJuntong)

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