Caloocan LGU, DepEd, USAID’s TB Platforms launch 'Tibay ng Dibdib' campaign in 54 public elementary schools in the city

PASIG CITY, May 26 (PIA) -- The City Government of Caloocan, Department of Education – National Capital Region, and USAID’s TB Platforms on Monday launched the citywide roll out of the “Tibay ng Dibdib” storybook campaign. 

From L-R: USAID's TB Platforms Community Mobilization Officer Dr. Thomas de la Cruz, Councilor Ed Aurelio, Bagong Silang IV School principal Dina Pozas, Mayor Oscar Malapitan, Congressman Dale Malapitan and USAID's Field Operations Area Manager Dr. Hansel Ybanez during the launching of the "Tibay ng Dibdib" campaign in Buena Park, Caloocan City. 

Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan led the launching of the "Tibay ng Dibdib" campaign, together with DOH Metro Manila Center for Health Development Regional Director Gloria Balboa, DepEd NCR Regional Director Wilfredo Cabral, DepEd NCR's Medical Director Dr. Connie Gepanayao, Schools Division Office- Caloocan Superintendent Dr. Nerissa Losaria, DepEd Curriculum Implementation Division Dr. Jocelyn Alinia, City Health Officer Dr. Evelyn Cuevas, USAID Philippines Office of Health Director Ms. Michelle Lang-Alli, and USAID's TB Platforms Field Operations Area Manager Dr. Hansel Ybañez.

According to USAID’s TB Platforms, the "Tibay ng Dibdib" storybook will be rolled out in 54 public elementary schools in Caloocan City that will educate around 200,000 students on how to detect TB symptoms and where to access free TB diagnosis and treatment.

From this, around 9,500 faculty and staff of these public elementary schools will benefit from the free chest X-ray during the active case finding (ACF) activities for TB starting June 1, 2021 onwards.

USAID Philippines Office of Health Director Ms. Michelle Lang-Alli commended Caloocan City Government for integrating their COVID-19 and TB response and for partnering with DepEd in the conduct of child-friendly TB screenings in public elementary schools.

In collaboration with the school principals, USAID's TB Platforms will implement a child-friendly TB screening campaign and those who will be found to have TB will be referred to the nearest public health facility for proper diagnosis, care and treatment. USAID's TB Platforms will also coordinate with the teacher coordinators of these schools to reach out to their families for community TB screening and contact tracing.

Meanwhile, Caloocan City Health Office announced the availability of TB medicines and TB services amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Oscar Malapitan also expressed his full support to these initiatives and cited that under his leadership, the city is integrating its COVID-19 and TB efforts as both diseases are public health emergencies.

He stressed that the “Tibay ng Dibdib” campaign which highlights the true to life story of two young sisters, Abby and Bella, who survived tuberculosis and have been declared TB-free is very relevant and will surely help the city health office in finding the missing TB cases in the city.

The “Tibay ng Dibdib” storybook is produced by USAID’s TB Platforms Project and in partnership with DepEd NCR. This educational material has been recognized as an effective tool to raise public awareness about TB amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Caloocan City, this storybook will be part of the online classes in Science, MAPEH and TLE subjects in public elementary schools to educate students about the disease and where to access free medicines and TB services in their communities.

Meanwhile, U.S. Charge d’Affaires John Law last month visited the city, together with DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, and announced an additional 170 million ($3.5 million) in U.S. Government support for the Philippines COVID-19 vaccine rollout. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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