The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the Provincial Health Office launched the Violence and Injury Prevention Program (VIPP) on January 8 to 9, 2020, in Badelles Function Hall, Macapagal Training Center, Pigcarangan, Tubod, Lanao del Norte.

Sangguniang Panlalawigan Board Member, Honorable Abdul Harris U. Ali, Chairman Committee on Health, warmly welcomes the guests and participants and delivered the message of Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo, recognizing the effort of all health workers, Philippine National Police, Philippine Red Cross, Department of Education, Local Government Units, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and other concern stakeholders in supporting the program.    

The Violence and Injury Prevention Program is designed to reduced mortality, morbidity, and disability due to violence and injuries. The following areas of concern are the road traffic injuries, burns, and fireworks-related injuries, drowning, falls, sports, and recreational injuries, interpersonal violence-related injuries including violence against women and children, bullying, animal bites, and stings, self-harm, occupational or work-related injuries, and poisoning and drug toxicity.

There are more than 1.6 million people worldwide died from violence every year based on the World Health Organization (WHO). The VIPP Program Coordinator, Dr. Jennifer C. Lee presented the overview of the program.  The guest speakers are from the Center of Health and Development Northern Mindanao, Department of Health, Region X, Dr. Tristan Labitad, Non-Communicable Disease Cluster Head and Ms. Genena Jacot, Violence and Injury Prevention Program Manager.

The launching of the Violence and Injury Prevention Program was the starting point to implement the program in the province. Dr. Melania A. Untao, the Provincial Health Officer gave her keynote message and also gave a piece of brief information about the VIPP Program.

The participants of the two-day activity appreciated the effort of the provincial government and express support to the program, actively participated during the workshop, particularly on the Inventory of Prehospital Emergency Medical Service(EMS) Components.

Coordination, cooperation, and collaboration of all stakeholders are essential for the success of the program with the goal of achieving a violence-free society. PIO-LDN