Press Release

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: The Department of Health – Regional Office X is yesterday (Sept. 1, 2014) witnessed the simultaneous launching of the Measles Rubella – Oral Polio Vaccine (MR-OPV) Mass Immunization in different areas in Northern Mindanao as the month long campaign got underway throughout the country.

Assistant Regional Director Dr. Adriano P. Suba-an graced the launching in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City as well and emphasized the significance of meeting the current targets in order to avoid occurrences of measles outbreak which affected thousands in the country the past two (2) years.

ARD7The Jasaan launching was most impressive with the local officials extending a helping hand to the campaign along with Hon. Mary Grace J. Acain, Sangguniang Panlalawigan on Health representing Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano ensuring full support. It was a double celebration of sorts as the launching was done during the ribbon cutting and turn-over ceremonies of their new lying –in clinic, the newly constructed health facility courtesy of the DOH-Health Facility Enhancement Program.

The MR-OPV Nationwide Mass Immunization campaign aims to administer vaccines to at least eleven (11) million children aged 9-59 months for MR and at least thirteen (13) million for OPV including Fine Hundred Thirty Seven Thousand Four Hundred Ninety Seven (537,497) for MR and Six Hundred Thirty Thousand Nine Hundred Seventy Five (630,975) for Oral Polio here in Northern Mindanao.

Cagayan de Oro has the highest number of eligible population among the nine (9) cities in Northern Mindanao with Seventy Seven Thousand Two Hundred Twenty Four (77,224) for MR and Ninety Thousand Six Hundred Fifty Five (90,655) for OPV. Jasaan on the other hand only has Six Thousand Three Hundred Thirteen (6,313) for MR and Seven Thousand Four Eleven (7,411) for OPV.

Bukidnon by far has the highest number of eligible population with (120,829) for MR and (141,843) for OPV and has the toughest terrains for our monitors to traverse and by mothers and their kids who had to go to the Health Centers and Vaccination Posts. The current MR-OPV Mass Immunization is not a house to house campaign unlike in the past.

Dr. Suba-an stressed that the support of the Local Chief Executives down to the barangay level is really crucial in this immunization campaign as he praised the local officials who lend their time and effort to grace the launching activities.

Other areas in Region 10 also launch the MR-OPV Mass Immunization while others preferred today (Sept. 2) to kick off their activities.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY:  The Department of Health – Regional Office X is currently undergoing the 2nd ISO 9001-2008 Quality Management System (QMS) audit from independent auditors.  The rigid checking and validation of existing processes applied by the office will last until today (Aug. 6, 2014).

Certification International Philippines, Inc. auditors Mr. Renato V. Navarrette and Mr. Rodolfo C. Viola, Jr. arrived a day before and immediately plunged into action taking on two (2) divisions on the first day.

Already an ISO 9001-2008 (QMS) certified as an agency in 2013, DOH is now undergoing its second audit in order to maintain its status nationwide,

Navarette, the audit team leader who also led the first validation last year, emphasized that they will be looking into the strides made the staff and personnel of the office to continually improve our management system through the processes and the written standard operating procedures that we are following.

ISO certification determines that an office, agency or company conforms to the international standards in quality management systems and seeks continual improvement in serving its client with the best possible outcome in terms of satisfaction and responsiveness to its needs.


FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Director III - Dr. Adriano Suba-an, CIPI Auditors: Mr. Rodolfo Viola, Jr., Mr. Renato Navarrete, Director IV- Dr. Aristides Tan




CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY:   Northern Mindanao not only owns the distinction of having the most number of nominees throughout the country but also having won the most number of Red Orchid Awardees in Mindanao.


Region 10 bag a total of twenty two (22) Red Orchid Awards including three (3) hall of Famers and seven (7) Pink Orchid Awards for a whooping total of twenty nine (29) awardees during the Mindanao Zonal Awarding at the Green Leaf Hotel, General Santos City last June 26, 2014.


Leading the parade of awardees were the three Hall of Fame winners namely, Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), for hospital category; Land Transportation Offices Regional Office 10 (LTO-10), for government offices category and the Provincial Health Office of Misamis Occidental. The Hall of Fame award is given to the nominees who for three (3) consecutive years and no longer available for the succeeding awarding.


The Department of Health – Regional Office X also won its second consecutive Red Orchid Award and will go for the Hall of fame in 2015.


Among the nominees who won for the second time were the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Regional Office 10, the Department of Education – Misamis Occidental District, the Misamis Occidental Provincial Hospital and the Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (MHARSRTTH) in Ozamiz City and the Provincial Governor’s Office of Misamis Occidental.


Thirteen (13) other nominees bag the coveted Red Orchid Award for the first time including six (6) Local Government Units. The LGU’s who garnered the ROA Award includes Oroquieta City, Tangub City, Municipality of Panaon, Lopez Jaena, Plaridel and Don Victoriano.


Other Red Orchid Award winners for the first time include the Philippine National Police Provincial Office of Misamis Occidental, Malaybalay


DOH-RO X distinguished itself for having scored the maximum possible score of One Hundred Four (104) percent. The same score was obtained by the Municipality of Don Vioctoriano also in Misamis Occidental.

Red Orchid Awards is an initiative of the Department of Health meant to honor the LGU’s, Government Hospitals and Offices who are implementing a Smoke-Free Policies.



Dr. Adriano P. Suba-an (2nd from right), Director III of the DOH-Regional Office X received the Red Orchid Award Trophy from ASEC Pauline Jean R. Ubial (middle). Also in the photo are Mayor Rommel C. Maslog of Talisayan, Misamis Oriental (extreme left), Dr. Florante Trinidad of the WHO (2nd from left) and DOH- RO X Information Officer Jun Galban)


Assistant Regional Director Dr. Adriano P. Suba-an (2nd from right) and Jun Galban (right) pose for souvenir shot during the awarding ceremony.




Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines - The Department of Health Regional Office X hosted the Regional Sandugo Awarding Ceremony held on July 21, 2014 at Pryce Plaza Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City, giving recognition to the local government units, our partners, non-government Organizations, religious organizations, institutions and individuals who have participated and strengthened the National Voluntary Blood Service Program of the Department Of Health.

Assistant Secretary, Hon. Romulo A. Busuego graced the said occasion. Asec. Busuego, in the message said that awarding ceremony is symbolic for good governance and good leadership. While Opol Vice Mayor Chizarina M. Ortigoza, on her part and, being a blood galloner said "Continue giving your preciuos time in  donating safe blood especially for saving mothers". Both the two speakers exemplified how one can make a huge difference in saving lives by donating blood.


Categories of the awards include the Sandugo Mapanghikayat Award (retaineed advocacy on NVBSP), Sandugo Masigasig Award (highest mass blood donation), Sandugo Kabalikat Award (organizations who actively participates in Blood donation) and the Sandugo Blood galloners Award (for individual). - By Dr. Shirley P. Mosende

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-Northern Mindanao today (July 3, 2014) received the official laboratory result of the samples from confiscated Sehat Badan earlier this year.

The FDA-Central Office found that Sehat Badan tested positive for the presence of diclofenac sodium, ibuprofen and paracetamol.

Earlier this year, an advisory from FDA Acting Director General Kenneth Y. Hartigan-Go warned the public not to use Sehat Bedan, an unregistered food supplement aggressively sold online, grocery stores, malls and street vendors which was found to have drug content and ordered Food and Drug Regulations Officers nationwide to confiscate all items found in the market or in the possession of individuals.

The FDA-Central Office found that Sehat Badan tested positive for the presence of diclofenac sodium, ibuprofen and paracetamol.

FDA advisory 2014-006 dated January 15, 2014 made it clear that Sehat Badan could no longer be sold in the market for a number of violations. First, it found that the product has no English translation in the label in violation of Administrative Order 88-B. Series of 1984 (DOH-BFAD). Second, Sehat Badan is being marketed as a herbal drink that promotes and enhance general well-being and treat various diseases such asthma, urinary stones, allergy, impotence, rheumatism, toothache and ulcer. The above claims are not approved by FDA.

Last May 14, this year FDA Regional Office 10 confiscated 1,092 boxes, 67 packs and 17 sachets of Sehat Badan in the market in response to the order and submitted samples for testing. This is after consumers alerted authorities of the presence of this product without proper labeling and with absurd therapeutic claims.

More confiscation will be conducted anytime by FDA authorities in the region after the result was released today.



FDA Field Office 10 Officer-In-Charge Ms. Juliet Bingona led the confiscation of Sehat Badan, a banned food supplement found to have drug content.

Ms. Bingona in one of her inspection sorties at the Limketkai Mall in Cagayan de Oro City.