The Sangguniang Panlalawigan declared as valid and operative the Municipal Ordinance No. 2014-04 of the Municipality of Lamut, Ifugao entitled “An ordinance Promoting a Friendly, Quality and Affordable Facility Based Delivery for All Pregnant Mothers Attended by Skilled Birth Attendants (Doctor, Nurse, Midwife) in the municipality of Lamut and Prescribing fees and Penalties thereof.”

The Sangguiang Bayan (SB) of Lamut, Ifugao adopted the ordinance that aims to provide a quality and affordable basic emergency obstetric and newborn care to all pregnant mothers and with the specific objectives as follows”

  • To provide all pregnant mothers with adequate, friendly, quality and affordable basic emergency obstetric and newborn care services.
  • Ensure all pregnant mothers of Lamut shall access the health facility during deliveries;
  • Enhance accurate information dissemination and education in the value of preventing maternal and infant death.

Hon. Brenda M. Sawad, Health Committee Chairperson and author of the ordinance in her initiative considered the following; first, to contribute in the attainment of MDG 4 and 5 which concerns care for the Child and Maternal care respectively, second, Rep. Act 7160 known as the Local Government Code of 1991 mandates the Local Sanggunian to protect the general welfare of its constituents, lastly, the situation calls for it. For Lamut was highlighted in the 2013 DOH Regional Report as highest contributor of maternal death caused by home deliveries with the complication of placenta previa. In 2014, Lamut was again the first municipality to have a maternal death to a transient resident mother which has no record of pre-natal check-up.

With her sentiment the SB immediately adopted the ordinance as a measure to mitigate the occurrence of such issue. Hon Sawad further said that the presence of this ordinance would uphold and protect the lives of mother and child in its pursuit of sustainable human development that values human dignity and offers full protection to women and their unborn babies.

Dr. Mary Jo Dulawan, the Provincial Health Officer in her message congratulated the SB of Lamut for coming up with the Facility-Based Delivery Program in order to eliminate maternal death in the municipality. She further said that the importance of the said ordinance would encourage mothers to minimize home deliveries since this is one cause of maternal death because they are not attended by skilled birth attendant.

In the penal provisions of the ordinance, it is stated that any violation, negligence of duties and responsibilities or manifested by skilled attendant, non-skilled attendant and pregnant women to this ordinance shall be charge of the following:

  1. Penalty for negligence of duties and responsibilities of malfeasance by skilled birth attendants (Doctor, Nurse and Midwives):
  2. 1st offense– written warning
    B. 2nd offense– reprimand
  3. 3rd offense and succeeding offenses– disciplinary action subject to Civil Service and PCR regulation of violation.
  4. Any person not authorized by law to provide services to pregnant mothers, aids or assist home delivery services to pregnant women except under exceptional circumstances shall be penalized with the following:
  5. 1st offense– written warning
  6. 2nd offense– Php 1,000.00
  7. 3rd offense and succeeding offenses– Php 2,000.00
  8. Penalty for home delivery by pregnant women of this municipality, shall be fines Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (Php 2,500.00) except for an unavoidable circumstances and the acts of the Almighty.

#Janette Bannat