Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Toilet training is not confined to the little toddlers learning how to properly use the potty. Everyday, the use of a toilet is essentially a part of preventing illnesses to be transmitted in a household, and ultimately, in the community. That’s why project head, Leo, reinforced a health teaching among the community members with the proper and RESPONSIBLE use and sanitation of personal toilet facilities.

A number of households in Goin still do not own their own personal toilets. These residents resort to other methods of toilet use that do not live up to the standards of the toilet facility set by the Rural Health Unit. Part of the reasons for this unavailability is due to financial limits. Because of this, the team sought the support of (whoever) with regards to the acquisition of cement to serve as toilet floorings. At present, two households have acquired this generous help. In addition, the barangay and the team have joined together to construct a letter for procurement of toilet bowls that was addressed to the municipal mayor, this and the construction of the toilet facilities are currently underway.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


            This month, the project with the major leap goes to the Solid Waste Management. Team newbie Roxanne D. Reyes – Ate Rox – began the advocacy of proper solid waste disposal at the team’s home by labeling trashcans with Biodegradable, Non-biodegradable, and Recyclables. In fairness to this proposition, life at the GOINnovate home became a lot less messy.
            Following that, Doc Rox spearheaded the Waste Analyzing and Characterization Study on two households per districts. Each household was given two empty sacks that served as garbage reservoirs; these were labeled with “Malata” and “Dili-Malata”. The households were instructed to dispose their garbage on the proper receptacles for the next 4 days. After 4 days, the sacks were collected, weighed, and segregated. The team identified the different kinds of wastes that the households disposed. With this information, Doc Rox called all representatives of each household in the experimental district, district 5. She conducted a Waste Segregation health teaching, identifying where particular wastes should properly be disposed in. The representatives actively participated in the activity, including agreeing to begin waste segregation at home.
            A week later, the team began preparing the placards for trashcan labels in district 5. The wooden planks were provided by the barangay, while the paint and brushes were bought from the generous financial support of medical doctors in Zamboanga City. Three placards were prepared for each household, each with the labels “Malata,” “Dili-Malata,” and “Recyclables.”
            On distribution of these placards, it was with great awe that the team witnessed the compliance of each household to have three garbage receptacles and one compost pit. This would not have happened if it weren’t for the vigorous leadership of Councilor Dominador Tanudra and his wife, Jocelyn Tanudra, who persuaded each household to properly manage their garbage disposal.

            Currently, all households in district 5 are proud owners of labeled garbage containers and proper compost pits, and actively practice proper and sanitary waste disposal. Other districts noticed this astounding change in the community and are starting to construct their own compost pits and segregate their trashes. Because of this, the team has high hopes for the next community exposure – anticipating a cleaner and greener Barangay Goin.


            On another project, we targeted the younger population of the village of Goin, addressing the need for more intense actions to be done with regards to the rising incidence of malnutrition.
            Because of this, we sought and undivided attention of the mothers and fathers of the community. A seminar was conducted on October 8 at the Covered Court, Barangay Hall with the theme, “Pagkain Mo, Nutrisyon Mo.” The GOINnovate team requested the help of Doctor Ma. Lourdes Langco, the Municipal Nutrition Officer of Liloy, as resource speaker for the activity.
            The seminar focused on the following aspects:
·        Nutritious food for a well-balanced meal;
·        Breastfeeding;
·        Malnutrition: Effect and Management;
·        Benefits of Backyard Gardening;
·        Proper Food Preparation
Boxes of VitaMix supplements for 0-71 month-old kids were also dispensed.

To provide more options for nutritious, well-balanced, and affordable meals, the team conducted a Cooking Show on the 5th of October, introducing a new and original recipe by team member Aundreaux Vladimir Y. Navarro. Project heads, Nikki and Ruby, with the help of Roxanne D. Reyes, spearheaded the activity and demonstrated the cooking process of Squash Patty and Kalabasa Fries. Leaflets of the recipe and its nutritional values were distributed among the parents present during the show.

The recipes were well-like by the parents and the children. Many provided good feedback regarding the recipes, and the Daycare started including Squash Patty and Kalabasa Fries in their menu for the young children of Goin.


            The month of October brought a new storm to the humble village of Goin. That storm is what we would like to call: DYNAMISM.
            In the past few exposures, the team of medical students called GOINnovate started identifying Hypertensive residents in the village and dispensed Blood Pressure cards that serve to monitor their progress and compliance during therapy.
            To further promote a healthy lifestyle in the community, the team spearheaded the activity “Presyon Ko, Isasayaw Ko!” a 30-45-minute dance routine held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, at 5 in the afternoon at the Covered Court, Barangay Hall. The dance routines alternate between Zumba steps and a cardio workout video by the American Health Association.
            The activity began without much expectation as only few people attended. But in the next few schedules, more and more residents joined the activity, including children. To the shock of the team members, even a few elderly joined in.

            Although the activity was tiring, the team members and the residents enjoyed it very much; smiles replaced sweats and sores, and hearts grew stronger and healthier.


A disease free community with a healthy environment.


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