The Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam, in collaboration with the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA)-Brunei Chapter, conducted an Occupational Health Awareness Forum and Screening titled “Kalusugan ng Manggagawang Filipino: Pangkatawan, Pangkaisipan at Panlipunang Kagalingan” last Sunday, 13 May 2018, at the Chancery. It was the Embassy’s third Gender and Development (GAD) activity for the year.
The health forum and screening (comprising of blood pressure check and blood glucose tests) was attended by around 280 Overseas Filipinos (OFs), mostly female household service workers, and some attendees coming from Kuala Belait, a city 2 hours away from Bandar Seri Begawan where the Embassy is located.
The speakers for the forum were Dr. Maria Pureza Fontelera, and Dr. Regina Augusta Tan, both Filipino doctor experts in Occupational Health working at the Occupational Health Division of the Ministry of Health of Brunei Darussalam. Dr. Fontelera discussed the occupational and work related diseases, and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Tan zeroed in on the preventive measures of these related diseases and how to maintain a clean and healthy work place.
The event forms part of the Embassy’ “preventive or proactive Assistance to Nationals” by providing the OFs with the necessary knowledge and information on how to take care of their health and prevent occurrence of cases such as hypertension, cardiac arrest, aneurysm and related symptoms.
In his remarks, Amb. Meynardo LB. Montealegre emphasized the importance of not only a healthy body and mind, but also a healthy workplace. He also took this opportunity to thank the Filipino Community leaders and its members and all the OFs in Brunei Darussalam for their support and cooperation for the Embassy’s programs and projects during his three year term as Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam. He reminded the Filipino Community to always take good care of their health and take pride of the image of the Filipinos in Brunei.
The forum was held side-by-side by a health screening of the participants. Volunteers from the PNA, numbering to around 70, checked the blood pressure and glucose levels of the participants. After the activity, the participants and the volunteer nurses were treated to a simple lunch of ayam penyet (a local delicacy of rice and chicken).
The Embassy regularly conducts GAD activities that promote gender and development issues for the benefit of Filipinos in Brunei, particularly for their empowerment and enhanced productivity. END