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VISION
All Filipinos enjoy the right to sight by year 2020.
 
  
 
 
 
MISSION
The Department of health, Local Health Units, partners and stakeholders commit to:
  • Strengthen partnership among and with stakeholders to eliminate avoidable blindness in the Philippines.
  • Empower communities to take proactive roles in the promotion of eye health and prevention of blindness.
  • Provide access to quality eye care services for all.
  • Work towards poverty alleviation through preservation and restoration of sight to indigent Filipinos.
 
 
 
OBJECTIVES
GENERAL OBJECTIVE no. 1: Increase cataract surgical rate from 730 to 2,500.
Specific:
1. Conduct 74,000 good outcome cataract surgeries by 2010;
2. Ensure that all health centers are actively linked to a cataract referral center by 2008; 
3. Advocate for the full coverage of cataract surgeries by Philhealth; 
4. Establish provincial sight preservation committees in at least 80% of provinces by 2010; 
5. Mobilize and train at least one primary eye care worker per barangay by 2010; 
6. Mobilize and train at least one mid - level eye care health personnel per municipality by 2010; 
7. Improve capabilities of at least 500 ophthalmologists in appropriate techniques and technology for cataract surgery; 
8. Develop quality assurance system for all ophthalmology service facilities by 2008; and 
9. Ensure that 76 provincial,16 regional and 56 DOH retained hospitals are equipped for appropriate technology for cataract surgery. 
 
GENERAL OBJECTIVE no. 2: Reduce visual impairment due to refractive errors by 10%. 
Specific: 
1. Institutionalize visual acuity screening for all sectors by 2010; 
2. Ensure that all health centers are actively linked to a referral center by 2008; 
3. Distribute 125,000 eye glasses by 2010; 
4. Ensure that the hospitals and of health centers have professional eye health care providers by 2010; 
5. Ensure establishment of equipped refraction centers in municipalities by 2008; 
6. Establish and maintain an eyeglass bank by 2007.
 
GENERAL OBJECTIVE no. 3: Reduce the prevalence of visual disability in children from 0.43% to 0.20%.
Specific: 
1. Identify children with visual disability in the community for timely intervention; 
2. Improve capability of 90% of health worker to identify and treat visual disability in children by 2010; and 
3. Establish a completely equipped primary eye care facility in municipalities by 2008.
 
 
 
PROGRAM COMPONENTS
  • Capability Building
  • Improvement of Monitoring
 
 
 
 
TARGET POPULATION/CLIENT
  • Older persons
  • Working age-group
  • Adolescents and school children
  • Kindergarten (Preschool age)
 
 
 
AREA OF COVERAGE
Zamboanga Peninsula
 
 
 
 
PARTNER INSTITUTIONS
  • DepEd
  • Zamboanga City Medical Center
  • Tzu Chi Eye Center
  • Cases’ Eye Surgical Center
  • Southwest Ophthalmology Society Region IX
 
 
 
 
POLICIES AND LAWS
Administrative Order No. 2013- 0010
Revised Guidelines on the Implementation of the National Prevention of Blindness Program (NPBP) Amending A.O. No. 179 s. 2004 
House Bill 5190 
“An Act Establishing a National Vision Screening Program for Kindergarten Pupils and Appropriating 
Funds Therefore”
 
 
 
 
STRATEGIES, ACTION POINTS, AND TIMELINE 
  • Detect potential blindness and cases early through the Community Health Teams and provide information on the prevention of blindness by authorized information provider.
  • Treat and manage cases promptly
  • Integrate care in the service delivery network to include the private and public sector, local and national organizations.
  • Monitor and evaluate to include reporting of cases from the public and private sector.
  • Advocate blindness prevention program. The local public health authorities taking responsibility forsustaining and improving interventions for the reduction of blindness using the public-private partnership (PPP) approach
 
 
PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS/STATUS
  • 69 government/private personnel attended the Consultative Meeting with Southwest Ophthalmology Society and Orientation to Prevention of Blindness Program (PBP)
  • Trained Individuals for Primary Eye Care as of the Year 2016:
Designation
Batch I
Batch II
Batch III
Municipal/City Health Officer (MHO/CHO)
12
11
8
Provincial Health Nurses and Midwives
(PHN/RHM/NDP)
2
1
5
Other Stakeholders
7
20
9
TOTAL
21
32
22
 
 
 
CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES
DATE
ACTIVITY
VENUE
August 19, 2017
Prevention of Blindness Program Updates for Partner Agencies
Zamboanga City
August 30 – 31, 2017
Training on Primary Eye Care Batch I
Zamboanga City
September  23, 2017
Prevention of Blindness Program Updates for Partner Agencies
Zamboanga City
November 16 – 17, 2017
Training on Primary Eye Care Batch I
Zamboanga City
November  28, 2017
Dinner in the Dark Sight Saving Month Celebration
Zamboanga City
 
 
 
STATISTICS
 
 
 
 
PROGRAM MANAGER CONTACT INFORMATION
KENGCHAY S. LAO, RN
Senior Health Program Officer
 
 
 
DATE LAST UPDATED
September 13, 2017