Dr. Tirso Ronquillo of Batangas State University and Committee Chairperson presided over the meeting which was hosted by DOH Region IV-A under the leadership of Director Eduardo Janairo.

The establishment of local Migration Information Centers (MICs) and designation of migration information officers in Calabarzon was endorsed by the Sectoral Committee on Social Development during its second quarter meeting on May 8, 2018 at the Department of Health (DOH) Region IV-A, Quezon City.

The Committee recognizes the importance of establishing an effective mechanism to monitor the trends in the movements of population. The proposed MICs would help to provide migrants with correct information to become more productive residents, generate population data for more responsive and evidence-based local planning and provide effective and appropriate services. At present, only the barangays in Tanay, Rizal have established MICs in the region.

The Committee also endorsed the strict implementation of the prescribed distance of schools to gaming and entertainment establishments and the conduct of studies on reducing students’ interest in gaming. The concern on the possible negative impact of the proximity of gaming outlets to public schools came about during the 1st quarter RDC full council meeting on March 14.
In addition, resolutions concerning state universities and colleges were also endorsed. These are the inclusion of the projects of Cavite State University, Bacoor Campus, Bacoor City in the Regional Development Investment Program 2017-2022, revised Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal of Cavite State University, Batangas State University’s Adaptive Capacity-Building and Technology Innovation for Occupational Hazards and Natural Disasters (ACTION) Center and Batangas State University’s Verde Island Passage Center for Oceanographic Research and Aquatic Life Sciences (VIP-CORALS).

Updates on Dengvaxia monitoring in Calabarzon and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation’s No Balance Billing Policy were also discussed.

Dr. Tirso Ronquillo of Batangas State University and Committee Chairperson presided over the meeting which was hosted by DOH Region IV-A under the leadership of Director Eduardo Janairo.

Jamie Angeli A. Gutierrez | May 23, 2018