This year, the Department of Health and its partners celebrated the World TB Day Celebration on March 29, 2016 with the theme, "Sama-samang hanapin, gamutin at pagalingin lahat: End TB!" The commemoration highlighted collaborative partnership among its stakeholders — government agencies, civil societies, people organizations, non-state actors, hospitals, and schools. The spearheading organization, the Philippine Coalition Against Tuberculosis (PhilCAT), worked together with its partners like Culion Foundation, Inc. (CFI) to make this year's celebration a success. In his keynote message, Dr. Vicente Y. Belizario, Jr., Undersecretary of the Department of Health, emphasized that "...to end TB in the Philippines means a stronger collaborative partnership... ang pagsamasama ng lahat ang nagpapalakas ng pwersa laban sa TB..." The activity also featured a DUB-SMASHED TB Contest where CFI's entry earned a consolation prize. The said event was participated in by CFI's Executive Director, Program Manager, HRA Officer, Project Manager, and Resource Mobilization Officer. An intermission song was rendered by the Center for Community Transformation Choir, a partner of CFI.
Written and posted by: Ian Christopher Rocha (1 April 2016)