The Local Government Unit of Trinidad, Bohol had produced 25 graduates of ‘hilot’ after they have successfully passed the 15-day Skills Training on Hilot Wellness Massage NC II conducted last December2016 in this town.
The graduation ceremony took place in January, 2017 at the Trinidad Municipal Training Center. Present during the occasion were: Mr. Jose Tabada Jr, Municipal Administrator, who represented Mayor Judith Cajes, Jaypee Del Rosario, CHP Faculty Member, Mr. Bernard C. Restificar, Center for Healthcare Professionals (CHP) Cebu President and CEO, Ms. Myrma M. Restificar, US-RN CHP Cebu program Director, Ms. Rosalyn Barbanida, DSWD-SLP Project Development Officer, SB members, honorable Nida Quisto & Vidal Cajes (ABC-President), Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator, Engr. Marvis Dellosa, Trinidad- DSWD-OIC, Mr. Ciryl Laroga.
Majority of the graduates were Barangay Health Workers (BHW), and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), who now have the skills to manually manipulate soft body tissues and enhance a person’s health and well-being. Accordingly, this method (hilot) has been scientifically proven effective since the ancient Chinese medicine.
The following were the successful ‘hilot’ graduates : Victoria Abinales, Elgina Anora, Melanie Austria, Estrella Baay, Josephine Boncales, Ulyssa Cambangay, Vivian Cambangay, Jina Centillas, Ester Ejares, Ma. Elma Estapia, Rosalinda Gabica, Salvacion Gandulpos, Esmeralda Gaudicos, Marlyn Ibaoc, Ma. Flor Jabines, Elena Loreto, Jennifer Loreto, Jereminiana Lucip, Mirasol Macua, Teolita Pelias, Roseline Perater, Anastacia Sajulga, Imelda Sucalit, Paulina Terce and Vicenta Valmoria.
The local officials are confident that the BHW and BNS can now perform additional “hilot “ services to the constituents especially in the barangay levels and are hoping that by so doing, their standards of living can also be improved.
The funds of the said training were taken from the 2016 Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB), project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). While the type of the training availed was the choice of a Civil Society Organization (CSO), member of the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT). (Marcelo A. Empleo with reports from Jesus Belarmino Auxilio)