MOU with URC for implementation of USAID Renew Health Project OKd

THROUGH an ordinance, the 20th City Council on its regular session Monday presided over by Vice Mayor Jocelyn B. Rodriguez authorized City Mayor Rolando A. Uy to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University Research Company (URC).

The MOU covers the collaboration of the parties in the implementation of the USAID Renew Health Project: Expanding Access to the Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation Program (CBDRP) in the Philippines.

Under the MOU, the city will assign a focal person to liaise with the USAID RenewHealth project and ensure cooperation of selected barangays in all project activities.

It will also commit to adhering to the Client Flow process as prescribed by the Dangerous Drugs Board and Department of Health.

Furthermore, it will assist the USAID RenewHealth project to conduct formative and evaluative research activities in the locality among PWUDs and their families, and providers of CBDR in schools, workplaces and health facilities.

The city will also ensure training of community facilitators who will implement screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT), among others.

Meanwhile, the USAID RenewHealth Program will provide the training of trainers for SBIRT, CBDR and CBDR governance.

It will also provide technical assistance on necessary executive and legislative instrument to support CBDR, design and implement evaluation process and tools for the CBDR program, assign project site coordinator who will monitor and coach community facilitators, conduct evaluation and planning at the end of project (fiscal) year to capture learnings and ensure continuous improvement, among others.

The legislation was reviewed and endorsed by the committees on public order and safety, on health and health insurance and on laws and rules respectively chaired by Councilors Romeo V. Calizo, Maria Lourdes S. Gaane and Ian Mark Q. Nacaya.