Community Primary Hospital / Community-Based Resource Management
Conceived in 1998 at the height of the insurgency problem in the hinterlands of the Negros Oriental, the Community Primary Hospital (CPH) now serves as a center for both primary hospital services and primary health care te residents in underserved and isolated mountainous and coastal barangays in the province. Designed as a self-sustaining and self-propelling hospital, CPH is managed by communities with the barangay captain as head of the hospital board. A total of four CPHs had improved the general health status of 103,046 beneficiaries.
Hand in hand with the primary hospital is another program called the Community-based Resource Management which seeks to alleviate poverty by empowering farmers’ and fisherfolk organizations to take a proactive role in environmental protection and rehabilitation. These organizations were trained to be effective resource managers of their watersheds and municipal waters through the community-based agro-forestry and nearshore fisheries project technologies. The use of these technologies resulted in increased productivity in the uplands, a change in cropping intensity, and improvement in the living standards of program participants. The fishing communities also reported marked increase in fish catch and income. This program currently serves close to 4,700 beneficiaries.
This program is recognized as one of the Ten Outstanding Programs in the 1995 Galing Pook Awards.