San Remigio’s mental health focus among best programs in Angat Buhay Bridging Leadership Program
The Office of Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday formally turned over the mental health facility that it built for the municipality of San Remigio, Cebu, in support of the local government’s community-based mental health program.
Made possible through a P2-million assistance given by the OVP, the 100-square meter center has holding areas for mental health patients that need to be confined, treatment areas for counseling and consultations, and even an art therapy room.
OVP’s Angat Buhay partner, Solana Foundation, helped furnish the facility, where the LGU expects to continue its ongoing—and thriving—community mental health program.
VP Leni herself led the inauguration and blessing of the center on Thursday. The event also included the turnover of medicine from another Angat Buhay partner, ANCOP Foundation USA.
The local government of San Remigio is currently assisting at least 200 residents with mental health conditions, ranging from depression, anxiety disorder, psychotic disorder, and developmental and behavioral disorders. This was the priority that the LGU identified when it joined the OVP’s Angat Buhay Bridging Leadership Program.
VP Leni had said she was impressed by the municipality’s focus on mental health, which was driven by a stunning discovery in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, when the LGU found mentally-ill residents chained and locked in cages.
In her visit here in November 2018, VP Leni met some of the recovering patients being assisted by the LGU through the program, which it started with international organization Americares.
San Remigio’s mental health program won 3rd prize in the recent culmination of the Angat Buhay Bridging Leadership Program.
“Kaya po dagdag nang dagdag iyong tulong na ibinibigay, hindi lang po namin, pero ng aming mga partners, kasi every time we come here, we get inspired,” VP Leni said.
“Masayang masaya po ako kasi noong pagpunta ko ng November, na-meet ko iyong isang batch ng mga pasyente ng mental health program, saka iyong caregivers nila. At iyong improvement—hindi lang sa health nila pero sa buhay ng pamilya nila—dahil sa programa niyo ay napakalaki na,” she added.
Through Angat Buhay, the San Remigio LGU has also partnered with the Philippine Mental Health Association – Cebu Chapter, for the conduct of monthly community clinic visits, which includes consultations, the administration of medicines, and therapy.