Capi­tol, Starkey Hear­ing Foun­da­tion ink pact on hear­ing health pro­gram

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CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— The Provin­cial Gov­ern­ment of Pam­panga and Starkey Hear­ing Foun­da­tion (SHF) signed a mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment the other day for the op­er­a­tion of the newly-es­tab­lished Pam­panga Ear and Hear­ing Health Cen­ter (PEHHC) pro­gram in­tended for the hear­ing im­paired ka­balens.

The agree­ment was signed by Gov­er­nor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda and SHF Founder Wil­liam Austin where all par­ties shall col­lab­o­rate in de­vel­op­ing the PEHHC pro­gram through the Pam­panga Ear and Hear­ing Cen­ter (PEHC) un­der the Provin­cial Health Of­fice (PHO).

The goal of the said pro­gram is to pro­vide sus­tain­able, ac­ces­si­ble, af­ford­able, and qual­ity ear and hear­ing health ser­vices for the poor.

Un­der the agree­ment, the said pro­gram shall also in­clude con­sul­ta­tive plan­ning for pro­gram devel­op­ment and ad­vo­cacy cam­paign for lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit of­fi­cials, Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) of­fi­cials, and busi­ness groups.

Dr. Marcelo Jaochico, provin­cial health of­fi­cer, said part of the agree­ment calls for the es­tab­lish­ment of the Pam­panga Hear­ing Cen­ter at the Dios­dado P. Ma­ca­pa­gal Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal and the in­stal­la­tion of of­fice and au­di­ol­ogy equip­ment.

Jaochico dis­closed that the PEHHC pro­gram shall in­clude ear and hear­ing screen­ing for DepEd and day­care cen­ter chil­dren and pe­ri­odic pro­gram eval­uat i on.

The lo­cal gov­ern­ment of Pam­panga, for its part shall co­or­di­nate ac­tiv­i­ties with the SHF and other stake­hold­ers while pro­vid­ing the guide­lines and poli­cies cov­er­ing the said pro­gram.

Jaochico added that the PHO will pro­vide SHF feed­backs on the per­for­mance of staff and other man­power par­tic­i­pat­ing in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­gram.

The agree­ment sign­ing was also wit­nessed by Com­mit­tee on Health Chair­man Board Mem­ber An­thony Joseph Tor­res, In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment Di­rec­tor Mea­gan Baioc­chi, Pro­gram Ad­vi­sor Maria Salve Olalia, and Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer for USTMC 1976 Robert Ang.

SHF is the largest hear­ing foun­da­tion in the United States which ex­tends help all over the world by giv­ing hear­ing aids for free.— Almira Ju­lia A. Bi­tuin/ Pam­panga PIO

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