Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. on Tuesday led the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with private partners of the provincial government to effectively control tuberculosis (TB) in the province.
Gov. Defensor said TB, a highly infectious disease that afflicts mostly the poor people, is a potentially fatal illness if a patient if not properly treated.
However, he said that with the signing of the MOU today and the launching of the Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) that exemplifies the public-private partnership TB patients belonging to vulnerable sectors and those in hard to reach areas can now avail of proper treatment and management.
Among those who signed the MOU are Gov. Defensor, mayors of Iloilo towns, Iloilo Medical Society president Dr. Doris Mendoza, Citizens Iloilo Coalition Against TB chief executive officer Teomarte Tayo, and Department of Education Iloilo Division School Division Supt. Dr. Raymundo A. Lapating, National Commission on Indigenous People Director Alfonso B. Catolin, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology director JSSupt. Ignacio S. Panti, and Iloilo Provincial Police Office director SSupt. Gil Lebin.