Tubod, Lanao del Norte – Two barangays from the coastal town of Baroy received plaque of recognition for achieving Zero Open Defecation (ZOD) by the Department of Health Regional Office in Cagayan de Oro City.
Receiving the award from DOH-10 were barangays Princesa and Lower Sagadan. The regional awarding ceremony was held at Pearlmont Hotel, in Limketkai Drive, Cagayan de Oro City.
The outstanding barangays also received P8,000 pesos worth of gift certificates from DOH as incentive in achieving a ZOD-certified barangay.
ZOD is a program of the Department of Health as one strategy of achieving the Millennium Development Goal for sustainable sanitation. The program aims to encourage and empower the community to have sanitary toilet in each household to improve sanitary conditions in the community.
In the implementation of ZOD, the community themselves are involved in the making of toilet bowls with direct supervision by personnel from the Provincial Health Office (PHO) and Rural Health Unit (RHU)-Baroy.
RHU–Baroy was also recognized by PhilHealth Regional Office in Cagayan de Oro City for its exemplary performance in delivering quality health care services.
Baroy Health Officer Melania Abad-Untao also received another recognition from PhilHealth-10 as one of seven health care facilities in region 10 with exemplary quality service performance.