PDA, NCIP Abra establish Dental Home facility for IPs

BANGUED, Abra, Jan. 8(PIA) – The Indigenous Peoples (IPs)   in the province have   rich traditions and practices reflected in their songs, dances, ceremonies, courtship, weddings and festivals or their way of life.

Even today, many IPs still   practice “nganga” or chewing   betel nut (moma in local dialect) as a popular past time.   Moma users are  mostly found in the municipalities of Tineg, Boliney, Tubo, Lacub, Malibcong, Luba, Sallapadan, Baay-Licuan, Bucloc and Daguioman.

Dentists, however, have identified several harmful effects of betel nut chewing to the oral health of people who are practicing it.

Because of this, the Philippine Dental Association (PDA)-Abra Chapter led by Dr. Ramarie F. Dickson and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)-Abra Provincial Office headed by   Director Genesis Quiblado recently opened a Dental Home facility for IPs in the province.

This PDA-Abra initiative under its  "Say Nganga 2020-2021 Project" aims to improve the behavior and safeguard the oral health of IPs from possible harmful effects of betel nut chewing. 

With this facility, IPs around the province can   avail of dental services   for free.    

PDA-Abra and NCIP-Abra also continue to hold information campaigns among the Tingguians about oral health care and betel nut chewing.

“We thank the PDA and all our partners and stakeholders in achieving one common goal, which is to render professional oral care for our fellow IPs around the province,” Quiblado said.

The project is supported by   Provincial IP Mandatory Representative Romero Daoaten and the other stakeholders and partners of PDA Abra. (JDP/CAGT – PIA CAR, Abra)




Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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