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TSI, Aboitiz Foundation team up to raise respiratory health awareness

In its continuous mission to promote a safe and healthy environment around its host communities, AboitizPower subsidiary Therma South Inc. (TSI) and Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (AFI), in partnership with the Davao City Health Office and the barangay councils of Binugao and Sirawan in Davao City, conducted a series of respiratory health symposia in Barangay Binugao and Barangay Sirawan on Feb. 28 and March 1, respectively.

The symposia aim to raise awareness on respiratory health and to identify leading causes of respiratory health issues. Around 300 participants attended the discussions composed mostly of mothers and senior citizens from the host barangays.

A team from the Davao City Health Office led by Toril District Doctor-in-Charge Dr. Margie Roa-Rubio discussed various respiratory health topics, including tips on how to avoid common respiratory diseases, and observance of proper basic sanitation and good hygiene.

Representatives from the City Health Office shared that in an independent baseline health study conducted in 2016, among the most common bad practices that contribute to respiratory diseases were cooking with charcoal, burning trash, and smoking.

In addition to the talks from the resource speakers, TSI also handed out comics and posters promoting respiratory health and access to safe drinking water.

“TSI shall continue to organize and support information-dissemination activities, such as this health symposium, as a way of supporting the local government’s thrust of promoting a healthy community around the plant.”

-Jason Magnaye, Reputation and Stakeholder Management, TSI

A similar health symposium will also be held in Barangays Inawayan and Darong in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur in April.

Dr. Margie Roa-Rubio shares knowledge on various respiratory health topics during the respiratory health symposium in Barangay Binugao, Davao City on Feb. 28, 2017.
Dr. Margie Roa-Rubio shares knowledge on various respiratory health topics during the respiratory health symposium in Barangay Binugao, Davao City on Feb. 28, 2017.