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Oral disease continues to be a serious public health problem in the Philippines. Mainly, the oral health problems are dental caries (tooth decay) and periodontal disease (gum disease). These two oral diseases are so widespread that 87% of our people are suffering from tooth decay and 48% have gum disease (2011 NMEDS Survey).
The combined ill effects of these two major diseases although not considered killer diseases (except oral cancer) weaken bodily defense and serve as portal of entry to other more serious, potentially dangerous and opportunistic infections overlapping other diseases present. Such will incapacitate a young victim as in crippling heart conditions arising from oral infection that may end in death.
While dental diseases are viewed only as an indirect threat to life, much less seen only as an incapacitating illness, in terms of morbidity, it tops all other diseases. The preservation of health and prolongation of life although considered the most significant concern of all health efforts is only a part of the broad objectives of the health services. The major goal of our government is to provide opportunities for every Filipino to work at full capacity towards the fulfillment of a purposely healthy and productive life. It is along this area that oral health can visibly contribute its share. Oral health service is a basic health service and an unqualified component of the total health efforts. Good oral health is said to be the most visible indicator of health of an individual, the family, the community or the whole nation.
To have a better chance of providing a more sustainable approach in the delivery of oral health care for the Filipinos, oral health should be upgraded and integrated with other family health programs. It shall be a basic health component of the family and shall link with other family health programs such as maternal and child health, nutrition, reproductive health, and now communicable diseases.
In response to the great task of improving the nation’s oral health, the DOH has formulated various policy standard and guidelines which geared towards promotion of good oral health and preventing and controlling oral diseases and conditions so as to attain the highest possible level of oral health.
In 2007, the Department of Health formulated the Guidelines in the Implementation of Oral Health Program for Public Health Services (AO 2007-0007). The objective of the order is to provide guidelines for the implementation of the program, basis for planning and implementing various oral health programs and projects in the country and for effective and efficient supervision and coordination with the total public health services of the Department of Health and all government and non-government agencies.
The program seeks to achieve these objectives by providing preventive, curative, and promotive dental health care to Filipinos through a lifecycle approach. This approach provides a continuum of quality care by establishing a package of essential basic oral health care (BOHC) for every lifecycle stage, starting from infancy to old age.
 
 
 
VISION
Empowered and responsible Filipino citizens taking care of their own personal oral health for an enhanced quality of life
 
 
 
MISSION
The state shall ensure quality, affordable, accessible and available oral health care delivery
 
 
 
OBJECTIVES
To reduce on the prevalence rate of dental caries and periodontal diseases among general the target priorities Target Priorities (Pre-school Children, Adolescents, Mothers and Elderly).
 
 
 
 
PROGRAM COMPONENTS
Full implementation of Oral Health Program,
Ensure financial access to essential public and personal oral health services,
 
Provide relevant, timely and accurate information management system for oral health,
 
Ensure access and delivery of quality oral health care services,
Build up highly motivated health professionals and trained auxiliaries to manage and provide quality oral health care.
 
 
 
 
TARGET POPULATION/CLIENT 
  • 525,980 /  12-71 mos
  • 1,168,845 / 10-24 yo
  • 105,196 / pregnant women
  • 268,834 / elderly
  • 7-9 yo
  • 24-59 yo
  • Orally fit child (12-71 mos)
 
 
 
 
AREA OF COVERAGE
Zamboanga Peninsula Region
 
 
 
PARTNER INSTITUTIONS
LGUs/other NGAs
 
 
 
 
POLICIES AND LAWS 
  • AO 101 s. 2003 dated October 14, 2013- National Policy on Oral Health
  • AO 2007-0007 dated January 3, 2013 - Guidelines in the Implementation of Oral Heaalth Program for Public Health Services in the Philippines
  • AO 4 s. 1998 - Revised Rules and Regulations and Standard Requirements for Private School Dental services in the Philippines.
  • AO 11-D s. 1998 - Revised Standard Requirements for hospital Dental services in the Philippines.
  • AO 3 s. 1998 - Revised Rules and Regulations and Standard Requirements for Occupational Dental Services in the Philippines
  • AO 4-A s. 1998 - Infection Control Measures for Dental Health Services
  • DO No. 128 S. 2004 – Orally Fit Child (OFC) Campaign
 
 
 
 
STRATEGIES, ACTION POINTS, AND TIMELINE
To improve access and utilization of quality health care services
To enhance the capacity of Local Government Units in the implementation of the Oral Health Program
To conduct monitoring on services rendered by the dental facilities
To conduct program implementation review/consultative meetings
 
 
 
PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS/STATUS 
PAPs
Accomplishment
1st Quarter
OHP Monitoring
8 areas (3 Provinces and 5 cities)
Support to Oral Health Month Celebration
8 areas (3 Provinces and 5 cities)
Assistance to LGUs/NGAs on OHP activities
4 LGUs/NGA assisted
Provision of Logistics (1st Batch)
Allocated to PHDs
2nd Quarter
OHP Consultative Meeting
20 Pax attended
Attendance to Training
1 Training
OHP Orientation for PDOHO
3 PDOHOs Oriented on the program
Assistance to LGUs on OHP activities
3 LGUs assisted
Provision of Logistics (2nd  Batch)
Allocated to PHDs
Provision of advocay shirts, tarpaulin, flyer, flip chart
Distributed to RHUs, dental facilities
 
 
CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES 
Month
Activity
February
Oral Heath Month Celebration
Medical/Dental Outreach @ Kalawit, ZdN, Tungawan, ZSP.
Simultaneous tooth brushing drill Fluoride Varnish Application @ Canipay Norte, Midsalip, ZdS.
Monitoring Zamboanga City Dental Facilities.
March
Training on Research
OHP Monitoring Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, Isabela City, Zamboanga del Sur
April
Updates with the DMOs on OHP
OHP Implementation Review/Consultative Meeting
OHP presentation to Adolescent Program Coordinators
May
Attend Dental Scientific Sessions/Training
Attend ADEPT Training
OHP presentation to MNCHN Coordinators
Dental Outreach at Lakewood, ZdS
OHP Orientation to PDOHO ZdN & ZSP
Attend Start Planning for ISO 9001:2015
June
Tsekap Caravan @ Tungawan, ZSP
OHP Orientation to PDOHO ZdS
July
OHP Monitoring Zamboanga ZdN & Zamboanga del Sur
August
HRH-DDP Orientation on OHP Implementation
Attend Training on Stress Management and Powerful Public Speaking
OHP Monitoring Zamboanga Sibugay
OHP Orienation with PHAs
September
WFP Orientation
Attend Training on Management of the Oral Health Program for Public Health Dentists
October
Attend PDA Mindanao Area Convention
OHP Monitoring Zamboanga del Norte
OHP Consultative Meeting
November
OHP Monitoring Isabela City, Zamboana del Sur, Zambaonga Sibugay
Training on BLS for PHDs
December
Attend Training on Risk Communication
 
 
 
STATISTICS
Area
Pregnant woman
Older Persons
OFC
BOHC 12-71 mos
Adolescent and Youth
Zamboanga del Norte
14.59
9.50
1.07
4.05
2.48
Zamboanga del Sur
2.09
1.67
1.43
3.18
3.27
ZamboangaSibugay
6.87
1.58
2.51
4.71
3.75
Dapitan City
34.96
25.23
5.38
13.18
3.88
Dipolog City
4.51
4.08
0.41
4.25
6.80
Isabela City
20.43
16.67
4.24
14.99
8.03
Pagadian City
4.39
4.08
0.15
3.51
10.94
Zamboanga City
25.96
1.04
0.44
2.31
1.40
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reference: 2016 FHIS
 
 
 
 
 
 
PROGRAM MANAGER CONTACT INFORMATION
Name: ROBERTO R. BARCELA, JR., DMD, MPA               
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Mobile: 09153176882
 
 
 
 
 
DATE LAST UPDATED
September 11, 2017