Sunday, July 31, 2011

Kalingang Bayan: The AYNLA National Nursing Mission Official Entry to TAYO Year 9

AYNLA Official Entry to TAYO 9
Ten Accomplished Youth Organization Year 9
Kalingang Bayan: The AYNLA National Nursing Missions

Name of Org: Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders & Advocates International Inc. (AYNLA)

Project Entry: Kalingang Bayan: The AYNLA National Nursing Missions

Project Site: Manila, Pasay, Taguig, Las Pinas, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Negros Oriental, Iloilo

Project Entry Description

The "Kalingang Bayan" (KB) Program is a national community health development program of AYNLA Philippines where all 34 Local Chapters of the organization will have to choose a community and work on delivering different healthcare services to the locality. However, the manner of implementation varies depending on the needs derived from the initial assessment. The program is generally divided into general service divisions:

A. Health Education, Information & Promotion
This comprises half of the services rendered to the chosen communities. Nursing Missions differ from Medical/Dental Missions because the project is largely driven by it's education & health promotion component solidifying one of the main roles of the nurses in the community as promoters & educators of health and empowers people to be the managers of their own health. Health education varies per area & locality depending on the result of their needs assessment as some area would need to focus more on certain health issues such as diabetes or tuberculosis prevention & management.

B. Health Services & Consultation
Our professional nurses conduct health services through primary healthcare: routine check-ups, blood sugar monitoring, diabetes screening etc. Every KB Program of AYNLA is done also with partners from other private sector groups and civil society organizations to provide a wider range of services. Like in Las Pinas, AYNLA partnered with the Association of Diabetes Nurse Educators of the Philippines to provide free diabetes screening & blood sugar monitoring to poor families; in Pampanga, AYNLA partnered with Eaglecom-a group of military doctors & volunteers-who helped in providing medical-dental services to serve the local Aetas; in Taguig, AYNLA partnered with Rotary Club to increase the number of medicines to be dispensed; and in Iloilo, AYNLA partnered with the local government to provide for medicines and venue for the KB event. In all KB events, AYNLA nurses do nursing consultations & help correct misinformation, and dispel unfounded beliefs & practices.

C. Health Training to Community Health Workers & Volunteers
The third component of the KB Program is the informal training or passing of health education & basic skills to community health workers & volunteers where nurses teach them how continue monitoring for the health of the people in the community after the KB event. However, in all KB Programs, AYNLA and its local government (usually the barangay) partners and have AYNLA adopt the community to continue monitoring the people's health in a routinely basis.  

Give Brief Background of Project Entry

The KB Program of AYNLA International started in December 2010 with the aim of reinforcing health education of the people in the community. The first project was held in San Andres Bukid, Manila in partnership with their Barangay officials. It was then called "Nursing Missions" as nurses were the ones who started this kind of community activities. It then became "Kalingang Bayan" when the program started to be implemented by other Local Chapters in the country. The KB Program saw the very poor ratio of nurse to patients in the community setting with 1 nurse is to 50,000 residents (1:50,000) per locality. With this at hand, we do not expect for quality health services being rendered and there will be many people who are far from the health centers left out & unable to reach for services.

Kalingang Bayan serves to be an extension of nursing health services to underserved communities. KB ensures that the people's health information will be updated and that primary health services can be at least be provided such as health monitoring. Morever, KB events are always not alone in doing its services in the community. KB ensures that there will be participation of as many stakeholders to develop the community for KB believes "Health is everyone's concern therefore everyone should work to attain optimum well-being".

In 2011, Kalingang Bayan of AYNLA partnered with the Department of Health and Probe Media Foundation in a national project called the "Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan". This is a mobile health promotion bus that travels 10 localities in the country rendering different health & social services. In this project, Kalingang Bayan was able to extend its services in a much diverse locality. AYNLA-KB Nurses became a very important & indispensable partner of the project since they do all health education, information, service delivery & training of health workers. 

Profile of Organization

The Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders & Advocates International Inc. (AYNLA) is a non-stock, non-profit, professional organization of nurse advocates working on helping achieve the Millennium Development Goals, access to universal healthcare, promotion of primary healthcare and protecting nurses’ & health professionals' rights & welfare.

AYNLA was founded in 2009 and was officially registered in 2010 under the Securities & Exchange Commission with registration number CN201009281 and Tax Identification Number 007-794-285. AYNLA is also a registered young professional organization of the National Youth Commission and also with the World Health Organization Global Health Workforce Alliance working on different workforce issues in the country.

AYNLA is present in NCR (which was strategically divided into 6 Zonal Councils) and in 10 Regions with 34 Local Chapters. AYNLA also have international members in USA, England and the Middle East. AYNLA played a critical role during the Senate & House Committee hearings on the alleged exploitation of nurses through "volunteer/training" programs in January 2011 as one of the organizations that stood for the young nurses at that time and collated all the necessary data to file in congress. AYNLA also worked with DOH and other nursing organizations as member of the Ad Hoc Committee to do fact finding on the alleged exploitative practices done to nurses. 


The primary beneficiaries of the KB Program are:

A. Community
The main beneficiary of the KB Program is the people that it serves. The people in the community especially the underserved and the unserved areas are the most prone to diseases which are highly preventable and manageable only if they have access to health education and information by licensed and trained health professionals. Teaching and training them how to use basic monitoring such as blood pressure monitoring and its normal values can make them aware of any abnormalities & help seek medical help the soonest possible time. The KB Program aims to generate more funds to buy for BP apparatuses, stethoscopes and other basic monitoring tools and train families in the communities on how to use them then leave the apparatuses at their keeping. This way they can manage their own health monitoring.

B. Community Health Workers & Volunteers
The KB Program is responsive to the needs of the community and also to the learning needs of the people who also volunteers to deliver the most basic health information & skills like the Community Health Worker. Knowing the current ratio of nurses to patients of 1:50, the KB Program helps the local Barangay Health Center and its doctors and nurses and helps to augment health information, education and training to their health workers. Health workers are taught blood sugar monitoring, primary diabetes screening, and basic management of wounds and diseases. This in turn develops the confidence of community health workers & volunteers to render basic health information & services when no professional health provider is around.

Implementation & Future Plans

The Kalingang Bayan is a continuing program of AYNLA on community health development. The initial KB event is to introduce AYNLA and the program to the community and afterwards continue the program after the continuing dialogue with the community leaders and its people and what services to continue or add.

AYNLA sees Kalingang Bayan plans to increase the services offered to the communities and invest on basic health monitoring apparatuses to be taught to adults in communities who may be informally trained to monitor health of the people in the community. These apparatuses will later be left to the keeping of the community and the families. AYNLA will conduct regular house visits and community fora to reinforce and update information on health and practices.

AYNLA also plans to expand the KB Program to more underserved and unserved areas in other provinces through its Local Chapters. The Local Chapters will ensure that the communities where its services are given grow to be properly informed on their own health of which the people can now make informed choices and manage their own health.

AYNLA plans to expand the operations of the KB Program by inviting other partners from the public and private sectors, civil society organizations and other groups to make the program more sustainable.


KB Program usually uses health information materials produced by nurses themselves through their own materials. Charts, flash cards and other materials are being collated and made by nurses themselves. Local Chapters raise funds to implement the KB event in their communities in different ways.

Each team is given the autonomy on how to raise funds to sustain their KB events and projects. This spurred the ingenuity of AYNLA nurses and created different means to raise funds such as in Negros Oriental-the team made key chains & souvenir materials of AYNLA and sold it while Iloilo team made "Spread for a Cause" and sell homemade peanut butter to raise funds to sustain KB events.

When AYNLA partnered with Probe Media Foundation and the Department of Health, the Kalingang Bayan program merged with the now called "Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan", a mobile health promotion project which tours 10 identified poor communities. In this collaboration, AYNLA shared its professional skills in health teaching and monitoring along with the training of community health workers. This time, other sponsors of LBK now provided the materials for health education and AYNLA KB nurses were able to be provided of snacks which before they themselves try to produce. The LBK and KB's partnership also enabled our nurses to engage in other activities such as story telling and playing games with kids in the community.

Kalingang Bayan Program TAYO9 Project Entry

Thursday, July 28, 2011

RH Groups Dismayed in PNoy's SONA

7/27/11 Manila, Philippines - A national advocacy group expressed their dismay over President Aquino's State of the Nation Address for omitting many important issues the country is facing under his term, such as the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Bill.

The Reproductive Health Advocacy Network (RHAN), a national coalition of different RH advocacy groups, said PNoy had spoken strongly on the measure twice, at UP Diliman's commencement exercises in March and the Philippine Medical Association's annual meeting in Davao in May and that the RH Bill is also an integral part of the legislative agenda in the president’s Philippine Development Plan. However, was its omission from the SONA a Freudian or political slip? 

Ironically, PNoy singularly and generously mentioned Catholic hierarchy officials, the same ones, who make governance difficult for him—who question his integrity and threaten him with damnation and civil disobedience.

RHAN hopes the President's special mention of cardinals and bishops does not mean allowing them to dictate on the nation's health and population policies, like much during his predecessor's time. RHAN said "we hope it will not mean turning your back on the RH policy and funding that poor families need so direly".

Obstinate and dogma-based obstruction to the RH Bill for the past nine or so years has caused irreparable damage to the lives and wellbeing of poor women and their families. On that one day of the SONA alone, 11 pregnant women and 21 infants died because of inadequate and out-of-reach RH services. Five thousand unplanned pregnancies took place, many to poorest women and couples. Some 2,800 of those pregnancies will become children who will suffer hunger, deprivation, and possibly neglect because their parents are not ready for them. Some 1,600 of those pregnancies will be ended by mothers after much agony, through desperate and unsafe procedures.

All of the loss of life and suffering are preventable; through the RH program and health system improvements provided in the RH Bill.

RHAN reiterated that it is not right to allow a fundamentalist faction of the Catholic Church to hold hostage the Congressional hearings on the Bill.

"Many of our people—your boss—have already taken a stand in favor of the RH Bill. Religious leaders, lawyers and human rights advocates have stated that the bill conforms to contemporary moral and legal standards, whether religious teachings, human rights instruments, medical ethics, and Philippine laws. Scientists and science practitioners have stated that RH Bill strategies are in accord with current scientific evidence in the fields of economics, medicine, demography, sociology and ecology." said Dr. Junice Melgar, the Secretary General of RHAN. She said that majority of respondents to respected national polls, such as the Social Weather Station and Pulse Asia, have also repeatedly backed RH policies, programs and funding; even those residents in “purported Catholic bailiwicks” like Manila, Paranaque, Bohol and Cebu.

"Now is the time for Congress to vote on this measure." Melgar said. RHAN is hoping that even if the opportunity at SONA has passed, PNoy will still make sure that the voice of the people on this measure will not be thwarted again, but will be heard and counted in this Congress this year.

Contact persons: Junice Demeterio-Melgar 0949-4432628; Joy Salgado 0915-4079894

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

2nd Millennium Convention Committees & Program General

“E=MC2 Engaging in Maternal & Child Health to Achieve MDGs 4 & 5”
The 2nd Millennium Convention

Convention Host                                  NCR Zonal Councils

Overall Chair                                          Alvin Cloyd Dakis                                   Z1 Manila
Overall Vice Chair                                 Reigner Jireh Antiquera                          Z1 Pasay

Officers-in-Charge Day 1                     Jonathan Monis                                       Z4 Mandaluyong
Officers-in-Charge Day 2                     Kristine Mae Fernandez                          Z6 Las Pinas
Officers-in-Charge Day 3                     Janina Gillian Santos                               Z6 Muntinlupa

National Secretariat                              Jonathan Christopher Ruelos                  Z5 Taguig                               
Registration & Ushering                      Alexis Quillope                                         Z1 Manila
                                                                Michelle Luz Quillope                               Z1 Manila
                                                                Kenneth Legaspi                                     Z1 Pasay
                                                                Ma. Lovely Rose Bieles                           Z4 Mandaluyong
                                                                Joey Dela Cruz                                        AYHA
                                                                Doreen Era Murata                                 AYHA

Regional Secretariat &                Roseanne Ramirez                                 USA
Delegation                                             Rollen Guivac                                          CAR Bagiuo-Benguet
                                                                Raechelle Cuanso                                   CAR
Darren Carino                                         CAR Abra                 
                                                                Hedrich Calderon                                    R1
                                                                Raymund dela Pena                                R1 Ilocos Sur
                                                                Russel De Lara                                       R1 Ilocos Norte
                                                                Alvin Cruz                                                R1 La Union
                                                                Leonard Caluag                                      R1 Pangasinan
                                                                Luigi Prada Guzman                                R2 Tuguegarao
                                                                Jonalene Apolinar                                    R2 Nueva Vizcaya
                                                                Ivy Tejada                                                R3 Pampanga
                                                                Lea Marie Salazar                                   R3 Tarlac
                                                                Billy Jay Guansing                                    R3 Nueva Ecija
                                                                Ronnel Dela Rosa                                   R3 Bataan
                                                                Dominic Sotto                                          R3 Bulacan
                                                                Brian Joshua Aguilar                               R4 Batangas
                                                                Jennylyn Acero                                        R5 Camarines Sur
                                                                Dave Isidore Plopinio                               R5 Camarines Sur
                                                                David Reyes                                            R5 Albay
Jan Stanley Diaresco                               R6
John Paul Patriarca                                 R6 Iloilo
                                                                Cara Yatar                                              R6 Aklan
                                                                Karla Marie Tuvilla                                   R6 Negros Occidental
                                                                Stephanie Claros                                     R7 Cebu
                                                                Harvey Regalado                                    R7 Negros Oriental
                                                                Patrick Soria                                            R11 Davao
                                                                Marc Shane Adeva                                  R11 Davao del Sur
                                                                Elviro Firmalino Jr.                                   R12 General Santos

Program                                                 Reigner Jireh Antiquera                          Z1 Pasay
                                                                Czarina Dominique Lucila                        Z2 Valenzuela
                                                                Ronnel Dela Rosa                                   R3 Bataan
                                                                Lady Nancy Lisondra                               Z1 Manila
Finance & Budgeting                  Loribelle Cristobal                                    Z5 Makati
                                                                Joana Mae Babon                                   Z6 Las Pinas
                                                                *All Local Chapter Finance Councilors

Marketing & Sponsorship          Raymond Garcia                                     Z1 Pasay
                                                                Salvador Valladores                                Z6 Las Pinas
                                                                Jonathan Monis                                       Z4 Mandaluyong
                                                                Jayson Pascual                                        Z4 Pasig
                                                                Marvee Bergonia                                     Z2 Valenzuela
                                                                Sunshine Capuz                                      Z2 Caloocan
Ma. Kristina Siuagan                               Z
Janina Gillian Santos                               Z6 Muntinlupa
JB Goh                                                    Z1 Manila

Delegation/Accommodation               Guian Gador                                            Z3 Quezon City
                                                                Harby Abellanosa                                    R7 Cebu
Raymond Mazo                                       Z1 Manila

Awards & Logistics                     Kristine Mae Fernandez                          Z6 Las Pinas                          
Lamp Awards 2011                               Maynard Domingo                                   Z1 Pasay
                                                                Bernadette Orlina                                    Z1 Pasay
                                                                Francis Sagudo                                       Z5 Taguig

Souvenir Program                                Ma. Kimberly Tan                                    Z1 Pasay
                                                                Shangri-la Juan II                                    Z5 Makati
                                                                Edelman Del Mundo                                Z5 Makati
                                                                Norman Solamo                                      R3 Bulacan

Protocol                                                 Arthur Galele Jr.                                      Z3 Quezon City
                                                                Carlo Luigi Naz                                        Z1 Manila
                                                                Michael Leocadio                                     Z1 Manila

Technical                                               Marvin Bacani                                          Z1 Pasay
                                                                Giovanni Matias                                       Z1 Manila
                                                                JL Trinidad                                              Z1 Manila
                                                                Lea Encarnacion                                     R3 Nueva Ecija

Media & Press Conference         Reigner Jireh Antiquera                          R1 Pasay
                                                                Jonathan Christopher Ruelos                  R5 Taguig
                                                                Jonathan Monis                                       R4 Mandaluyong

Convention Competitions                  Norman Solamo                                      Z3 Bulacan
Essay Writing                                          Jose Mateo dela Cruz                             AYHA
Extemporaneous Speech                       Joana Mae Babor                                   Z6 Las Pinas
Poster Making                                        Sarah Jane Escat                                    Z5 Taguig
Photography                                           Keith Mana-ay                                        Z1 Pasay

Solidarity Night                                    Bernadette Orlina                                     Z1 Pasay
                                                                Kenneth Reyes                                        Z1 Pasay
                                                                Ujuan Santiago                                        Z3 Quezon City
                                                                Loribelle Cristobal                                    Z5 Makati
                                                                Ronnel Dela Rosa                                   R3 Bataan

MC2 Concept Paper