City Health Office (CHO)

City Health Office (CHO)

Dr. Norberto P. Oja, M.D.,MHA

City Health Officer II

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Leyte, Philippines, is home to the full-bodied and proactive Baybay City Health Office, which is committed to protecting the health and welfare of its citizens. An important part of the city, the Baybay City Health Office is responsible for leading community- based activities, supporting public health campaigns, and guaranteeing the provision of high-quality healthcare services.

Program Structure

Program structures in the Baybay City Health Office are usually set up to efficiently meet the needs of the local community and address certain health objectives. The following are typical program structures seen in the health offices:

  1. Administrative Structure: this comprises the management and leadership group in charge of directing the development, execution, and assessment of health initiatives. It involves works like program coordinators, administrative assistants, city health officers, and support workers that deal with budgeting, scheduling, and sectoral coordination.
  2. Program Divisions or Units: Programs within the city health office are often organized into distinct divisions or units based on health focus areas or target populations. Such as:
    1. Maternal and Child Health:
      Responsible for maternal and child health services, including pre-natal care in the barangay, family planning, child immunizations, and maternal and child nutrition.
    2. Infectious Disease Control:
      Focuses on surveillance, prevention, and control of infectious diseases such as pulmonary tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and vaccine preventable diseases.
    3. Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Control:
      Addresses chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and cancer through prevention, screening, and management programs.
    4. Environmental Health:
      Deals with sanitation, water quality, food safety, and vector control to prevent environmental health hazards.
    5. Health Promotion and Education:
      Implements health education campaigns, community outreach programs, and behavioural change initiatives to promote healthy lifestyles and disease prevention.
    6. Emergency Medical Services:
      Provides emergency medical response services, and disaster preparedness and response planning.
    7. Mental Health and Psychosocial Support:
      Offers counselling services, mental health education, and support for individuals and families dealing with mental health issues.
  3. Teams of Healthcare Professionals: Including physicians, nurses, midwives, medical technologies, nutritionist, nursing aides, community health workers, each program division may have interdisciplinary teams. These teams work together to provide all-encompassing care and take care of the population’s various health needs.
  4. Community Health Centers or Barangay Health Stations: Programs are often implemented through decentralize service delivery points located within communities. These health centers or stations serve as hubs for primary healthcare services, health promotion activities, and community engagement efforts.
  5. Partnerships and Collaborations: City health offices often collaborate other government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations, academic institutions, and private sector partners to leverage resources, expertise, and networks in program implementation. These partnerships enhance the reach, effectiveness, and sustainability of health initiatives.
  6. Data and Information Systems: Effective program management relies on strong data collection, analysis, and monitoring systems to track health indicators, assess program performance, and inform decision-making. City health offices may have dedicated units or personnel responsible for data management, and health information systems.

By structuring programs in this way, the city health office can effectively address the health needs of our communities, promote health equity, and improve overall population health outcomes.


City Health Office exists to provide:

  1. Compassionate and holistic preventive health care to its patients;
  2. Prompt and competent services to other clients;
  3. Excellent training for health and related discipline; and
  4. Efficient and effective linkages with external stakeholders.

It also provides for its staff and personnel:

  1. Opportunities for professional development;
  2. Equitable incentives and benefits; and
  3. Adequate and appropriate tools and equipment to maximize their knowledge and skills.


City Health Office will be a highly admired Field Health Service Provider, offering the latest Diagnostic Laboratory, Specialized Care in Kidney Diseases and in Maternal and Child Health, manned by a Dedicated Health Personnel for a comprehensive, preventive and curative services for the City of Baybay and the geographically contagious areas.

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