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The Institute of Primary Health Care (IPHC) is the community service arm of the Davao Medical School Foundation. It has worked in the field of participatory development since 1978. For the past 4 decades, IPHC has worked in more than 400 rural and urban barangays in region XI, XII & Caraga. It has organized more than 150 people’s organizations (POs) with varying levels of capability and nature of operations and most of which are now active development partners in their communities. Although it began 43 years ago as a small NGO engaged solely in primary health care, it has evolved into a multi-issue NGO whose programs and projects range from health care financing, water system construction, family planning, gender & development & reproductive health to agrarian reform & community-based forest management, early childhood education and educational sponsorship, organic farming, adult literacy, maternal, child health and nutrition, micro-lending, leadership and governance, Sexual & Reproductive Health Rights and COVID 19 response.


IPHC has established partnership programs with various people’s organizations, government line agencies, local & international funding agencies like the SGIDU-Australia, Save the Children, Japanese Embassy, CIDA, UNICEF, UNFPA, PACAP, AHI-Japan, MISEREOR, START NETWORK, PBSP-TBLINC, HealthGov and HealthPRO of USAID, Assisi Foundation, Consuelo Foundation, Child Fund Japan, Jollibee Foundation, Ayala Foundation, Rotary Club, Department of Health, Department of Agrarian Reform, Zuellig Family Foundation, Oxfam Pilipinas and the World Health Organization.

Over the years, IPHC has continuously improved its strategies in community development. IPHC embark on institutionalizing the People-Centered Health Care (PCHC) as its development framework aimed at capacitating the covered barangays to become resilient & sustainable from the dangers and risks of health inequities, natural and manmade disasters.

Latest Update

1. Community Extension Activities
The President has approved the budget for the installation of full satellite antenna system in Marilog. The satellite antenna will help the medical student access to digital information while doing the immersion. This came up after a meeting with Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, Project Leader of ACCESS Mindanao/ADDU with Fr. Manny Perez, DMSF President, Sir Oliver Victoriano, Chief Operations Officer (COO) and Ms. Gloria Sempio, Director of Admin Services, and Josephine B. Alindajao, IPHC Executive Director.
Provision of technical assistance to Peoples’ Organization (Association of BHWs, Women’s Group) in the preparation of documents for registration/renewal to DOLE, Formulation of Barangay Nutrition Action Plan and Financial recording of income generating activities.
Community Mobilization for COVID Vaccination

Engaged with Rotary Club Waling-waling and East Davao for the conduct of COVID vaccination in Marilog. The Rotary Club provided food for the vaccinees and hired additional health human resource to augment the limited health personnel in Marilog district. A total of 528 individuals were fully vaccinated through the assistance of Rotary Club.

Continued implementation of community projects in the CES areas in Marilog:

  1. Water piping improvement managed by the Quimasog Women Association completed. CES provided a total of P77,547.00.
  2. Improvement of wellness centers in Sto. Nino & Balite. Sitio Balite was provided with water tank, temperature scanner & hand washing facility through the Rotary Club
  3. 1 People’s Organization (PO) in Balite (CES site) was given 4 units of sewing machine from DOLE with the assistance of the BLGU
Partnership with Marilog District Hospital (MDH)

DMSF and Marilog District Hospital (MDH) renewed and expanded its partnership after the MDH was finally awarded with License To Operate (LTO) in Feb 11, 2021 and Philhealth accreditation last May 7, 2021 for a -75 bed capacity infirmary.

In a meeting with Fr. Manny B. Perez, SJ, MD, DMSF President, Dr. Evelyno B. Buenaventura, MCH, Chief of Hospital, MDH, Dr. Vic D. Espino, FPUA, FPCS – Medical Director, DMSFI Hospital, Oliver G. Victoriano, DBA, Chief Operations Officer and Josephine B. Alindajao, MPD, Executive Director, IPHC, both DMSFI and MDH agreed to continue and expand the partnership from the immersion of medical students, exposure of the PGI in the hospital, exposure of FAMED and referral of OB patients from MDH to DMSFI Hospital.

2. COVID 19 response project
IPHC is currently implementing the COVID 19 response project in Barangays Sirib and Tamayong. The project capacitated the members of the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERTs) on COVID response strategy of Prevention, Detection, Isolation, Treatment, Reintegration and Mainstraiming the New Normal (PDITRM). The BHERT conducted IEC on COVID 19 with a total of 1,331 individuals participated in the 2 barangays. Community-based projects supporting COVID prevention are also implemented like provision of portable hand washing set, water tank, temperature scanner and patient’s waiting area.
3. Sexual Health Empowerment
The SHE Project seeks to empower women and girls to secure their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in 6 regions, 13 provinces, and 21 municipalities, including geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas. It will improve knowledge and awareness of sexual reproductive health and rights, particularly among women and girls, including the prevention of gender-based violence (GBV); strengthen health systems and community structures to deliver rights-based comprehensive SRH information and services; and improve the effectiveness and capacity of women’s rights organizations (WROs) and women’s movements to advance SRHR and prevent GBV. SHE will directly benefit approximately 85,000 men and women and indirectly benefit 270,000 people.

The Institute of Primary Health Care of the Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc. receives an institutional strengthening grant as part of the component of the SHE project that seeks to strengthen the capacities of women’s rights organizations who are working on SRHR. The capacity development work plan focuses on building the capacity of the organization on the aspects of community mobilization, advocacy and influencing, ensuring gender just and inclusive structures and processes, and resilience and sustainability.

IPHC build its capacity on mobilizing the communities that it work with through strengthening their ability to train women and young people through developing a community-based training design and module on SRHR. IPHC has started improving the organization’s policies, programming and internal capacities of the staff on SRHR. Trainings for staff on gender justice, SOGIE, rights-based approach to SRHR, gender and diversity, gender budgeting and gender monitoring have been conducted. In terms of advocacy and influencing, IPHC conducted trainings on rights-based approach to advocacy, lobbying and campaigning as well as a training on information technology, social media and video editing.

The institutional strengthening funds will also be invested on building the resilience and sustainability of the organization, build the skills on gender-just MEL particularly on data tracking, collection, and analysis to be used in reviewing the SRHR programs and advocacy. IPHC also intends to establish an accountability mechanism and budget monitoring system on SRHR.


We, the members of the Davao Medical School Foundation Inc. voluntarily commit ourselves to:

Provide humanistic and holistic services through excellence in instruction, research, patient and community health care;

Develop a culture of trust, honesty
and cooperation;


Develop a community of competent, committed, and caring persons;

Nurture compassionate, ethically, and socially accountable graduates.


To advocate Primary Health Care with other units of DMSFI;

To establish gender sensitive & environment-friendly People’s Organizations capable of responding to issues affecting their health or community welfare and managing projects that address this;

To provide a venue for the students, faculty, and members of the DMSFI community to implement innovative, relevant, and acceptable service-learning activities with partner communities;

To establish an efficient and effective Human Resource Management System;

To ensure continuity of IPHC operations.