OVP builds mental health facility for San Remigio, Cebu
VP Leni meets residents recovering from mental health conditions
The Office of the Vice President, under its Angat Buhay program, is building a mental health facility for the municipality of San Remigio in Cebu, in line with the local government’s bid to address the mental health concerns of its residents.
The ongoing construction of the facility is made possible through OVP’s P2-million assistance for the LGU of San Remigio, a participant of its Bridging Leadership Program.
Vice President Leni Robredo visited the site on Saturday, 17 November, and was given an overview of what could be expected of the facility, which will be completed by next month. The 100-square meter center will include holding areas for mental health patients that need to be confined, as well as treatment areas for counseling and consultations.
OVP’s Angat Buhay partner, Solana Foundation, made a donation for the equipment and furnishing of the facility, which will be operated by the LGU, and managed by its Municipal Health Office.
“Excited tayo na matapos na iyong center na pinapatayo natin,” VP Leni said. “Hopefully mas marami pa iyong matulungan.”
During the visit, VP Leni also met some of the recovering mental health patients of the municipality, who are being supported by the LGU through a community-based mental health program started with international organization Americares.
The Vice President said she was impressed by the health programs of the municipality, particularly its focus on mental health, which was driven by a stunning discovery in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, when the LGU found mentally-ill patients chained and locked in cages by their families.
The local government is currently assisting some 204 residents with mental health conditions, ranging from depression, anxiety disorder, psychotic disorder, and developmental and behavioral disorders.
These include patients who are now recovering from their conditions and are able to return to their normal lives—some of whom are already working for their families again.
“Iyong na-meet natin na patients this morning, very inspiring kasi in just a short time, ang dami nang nabago iyong buhay. Hindi lang nabago iyong buhay noong pasyente mismo, pero nabago iyong buhay ng families,” she said.
“Ngayon, masaya tayo kasi iyong mga patients nakakapag-trabaho na, nakaka-resume na ng normal nilang gawain. And maghahanap pa tayo ng more partners na puwedeng tumulong,” she added. “Iyong sustainability—iyong sustainability ng medical help, iyong dating ng medicines—iyon iyong aayusin natin.”
Through OVP’s Angat Buhay, the local government of San Remigio has also partnered with the Philippine Mental Health Association – Cebu Chapter, for the conduct of monthly community clinic visits, which started last month. The group provides consultations, administration of medicines, and therapy—and will be continuing their assistance at the mental health facility once it is finished.