Quezon City Boosts Collaboration for Effective MNCHN Service Delivery Network in Pursuit for UN Goals


Quezon City Boosts Collaboration for Effective MNCHN Service Delivery Network in Pursuit for UN Goals

  The Quezon City Government is determined to ensure that development goals are met to protect public health, improve maternal health, and reduce neonatal mortality through a localized and sustainable Maternal Newborn Child Health and Nutrition (MNCHN) approach, and by focusing on leadership and governance initiatives to properly implement a functional Service Delivery Network (SDN).

In the 4th Maternal and Neonatal Health Summit organized by the Quezon City Health Department and United Laboratories, Inc. (UNILAB) last October 28, 2016 at Sequoia Hotel, Mayor Herbert M. Bautista underscored the priority programs of his government that address maternal and neonatal health, particularly the Seal of Excellence which seeks to enforce the strict compliance of private lying-ins to health standards. He recognizes the service provision of both public & private lying in clinics complementing each other in ensuring the well being of mothers and their children. Mayor Bautista also reiterated that adequate health care services is a big part of governance and consists of several cross sections in other social services provided by the city. The local government is also addressing several challenges which includes the monitoring of health of the constituents, proper zoning, HIV concerns and coming up with pro-active and responsive policies on health care.

   “Reforms in the local health systems will considerably lower the dangers of dying secondary to pregnancy & childbirth. We need to standardize regulation and accreditation of birthing facilities and enhance further the referral network, reporting and transport systems to improve service delivery,” says Dr. Verdades P. Linga, City Health Officer III of Quezon City. “Each mother and her newborn should be afforded with proper prenatal, intrapartum and post-natal care.  They should have adequate and quality management of pregnancy, labor and delivery at its full course.  More importantly, facility-based deliveries should be managed by skilled birth attendants,” she adds.

In her presentation, DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Francia M. Laxamana highlighted the efforts of the department in taking steps to further improve the health and well-being of the Filipinos, especially the poorest of the poor.  She said the DOH is looking into improving health-emergency management within clinics and lying-ins, including the provision of proper healthcare products and services to those who are in need.  Laxamana also emphasized the importance of partnerships with the private sector to further extend the reach of healthcare in the country.

This was reaffirmed by UNILAB. "Our continuous collaboration with Quezon City on maternal and child health has resulted in sustained community engagements that generated more participative stakeholders. Sharing of values and resources are two components that make our public-private partnership work.  We are optimistic that our initiative in setting the standards for health services delivery will prove that strict compliance to public health services delivery can be done,” says Claire D. Papa, Head for External Affairs and Social Partnerships of UNILAB.

The Seal of Excellence (SOE) is a quality label awarded to private lying-in clinics in Quezon City that have achieved all essential MNCHN indicators such as DOH’s License to Operate (LTO); PhilHealth Accreditation, Sanitary Permit and membership in the City’s Service Delivery Network. This was presented and conferred thoroughly by the City’s MNCHN Coordinator, Dr. Ramona Abarquez.

Awardees for 2016 were Angelic Lying In Clinic, Angelyn Birthing Home, Cabarles Maternity Medical & Children's Clinic, Don Enrique Birthing Home, Drueco Medical Specialist & Maternity Lying-In Clinic, Glo Maternity Lying In Clinic, JMC Lying In Clinic, JMS Birthing Homes, LGC Maternity & Medical Clinic, LHR Lying In Clinic, Madlangsakay Medical & Lying In Clinic, Manalo Birthing Clinic, Maranatha Lying In Clinic, Medinet Lying In Clinic, Molave Maternity Clinic, MVL Midwife Clinic, Pascual Gentle Hands, SafeBirth Lying-In Clinic Commonwealth Branch, SafeBirth Lying-In Clinic Congressional Branch, SafeBirth Lying-In Clinic Novaliches Branch, SafeBirth Lying-In Clinic Tatalon Branch, Sheryl Birthing Home & Lying In Clinic, Trinidad Midwifery & Lying In Services.

 A website, www.soematernal.quezoncity.gov.ph was launched in the event to serve as a repository of the compliant lying-ins’ profile and location, as well as an open source for updates and relevant information on maternal and child health. Mr. Alberto Politico, IT Officer of UNILAB and Mr. Allan de Jesus, Chief Technologist of GD Philippines, introduced the said website for its purpose and advantage to Seal of Excellence awardees.

Several health professionals presented their respective programs during the conference in line with Quezon City’s promotion of prenatal and postnatal care.



The City Surveillance officer Dr. Rolando Cruz said the Quezon City HIV Testing Department is implementing the same-day result testing so patients would be able to act on their diagnosis right away. Since 1984, the city diagnosed over 3,496 HIV and AIDS patients. For January to June of 2016 alone, Quezon City detected 427 HIV-positive patients. However, Cruz noted that not all the HIV-positive patients are Quezon City residents, citing that 56.64 percent of their patients are from neighboring cities. In 2015, around 65 health centers and seven public lying-in clinics in Quezon City served 97,221 pregnant women, with those testing positive for HIV or AIDS immediately given proper care and treatment.

Dr. Alejandrino Perez presented updates on PhilHealth’s pregnancy packages, emphasizing the need for affordable and accessible financing products to lessen maternal deaths in the country.  In 2013, about 3,000 Filipino mothers died from childbirth out of 2.4 million deliveries. Maternal mortality was at 110 to 130 per 100,000 live births.

“Ang main goal talaga natin ay maibaba ang maternal death without hampering the family budget,” he said.

Relying on technology for better health services and reliable health-management system in health centers, Mr. Arturo Ongkeko discussed the importance of the Computerized Health Information System (CHITS) in managing the Mag-Ina Telereferral System (MInTS) and Birth Registration Tracking System (BiRTS) across all health institutions.

According to the National Telehealth Center website, MInTS aims to strengthen the service-delivery network of maternal and neonatal referral and feedback process among health facilities, while BiRTS seeks easier birth registration through digital form from the CHITS to the local civil registry. These systems have eased and organized, all not only maternal, medical records across the city.

 Meanwhile, focusing on the general health of the child is the Batang 1000 Program which aims to reduce the prevalence of stunting in children across the city.

Launched early this year, the program covers the period from conception of the child to the pregnancy of the mother to the child’s toddlerhood. In October, over 600 expecting mothers and mothers with newborn babies from different barangays were enrolled by the QCHD to the program, making available to them comprehensive health care packages from pregnancy to the time they give birth.

Photo shows Mayor Bautista with DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Francia M. Laxamana. Above photo exhibits a sample Plaque of Recognition to Seal of Excellence awardees.

From L to R: Dr. Ramona Abarquez, Quezon City Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health and Nutrition Coordinator of the Quezon City Health Department; Ms. Claire Papa, Head of External Affairs and Social Partnerships of UNILAB; Department of Health Assistant Secretary, Dr. Maria Francia Laxamana; Dr. Verdades P. Linga, Quezon City Health Officer III; and Ms. Mensie Medalla, Chief of Midwifery of the Quezon City Health Department.

Presenting the Men and Women behind the success of the 4th Quezon City Maternal and Neonatal Summit held at Sequoia Hotel in Mother Ignacia Ave. last October 28, 2016


The 4th Maternal and Neonatal Summit was published in 6 Broadsheets namely:

MANILA BULLETIN ONLINE  Published October 28, 2016, 6:02 PM


Business Mirror   NOVEMBER 21, 2016   

BUSINESSWORLD broadsheet #bworldonline November 26, 2016 at Special Feature Section 2 page 8. 

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MALAYA  November 21, 2016

Quezon City aiming for UN goals on maternal, child care

Bandera (Mindanao)     23 Nov 2016

Quezon City, Unilab unite in pursuit of SDG on maternal, child care

The Manila Times   LIFESTYLE SECTION ON NOVEMBER 28, 2016                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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