4,512 students served in dental health caravan in Mt. Province

BONTOC, Mountain Province, Mar.10 (PIA) -- A total of 4,512 high school students, elementary pupils from public and private schools including some day care children and the community benefited from the dental health caravan conducted by the public health dentists and dental aides in the province.


This was in line with the celebration of this year’s Dental Health Month with the theme “Ngiping Inaalagaan at Pinagyaman, Hatid ay di Kukupas Kailanman.”

The Dental Month is celebrated in the month of February of every year pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 559, s. 2004 signed by then President Gloria M. Arroyo.

Public health dentists and dental aides in the province led by Dr. Natividad T. Orprecio of the Department of Health – provincial office here launched the celebration of the Dental Month in the municipality of Besao in partnership with the Besao municipal government and the Besao District Hospital.

The team also conducted dental health caravan in the municipalities of Bauko, Bontoc, Natonin, Sabangan, and Tadian with the support of the local government units.

Of the total clients served, the team conducted free oral examination to 2,318; oral prophylaxis/scaling to 866; tooth extraction to 1,117; filling to 8; pit and fissure sealant to 203. A total of 600 brushes and toothpaste from the DOH were also distributed.

Other activities conducted include lectures on oral health to schools and during family development sessions; radio guesting in the local radio stations in the province, and advocacy/information, education campaign among government employees. By: Juliet B. Saley (JDP/JBS-PIA CAR, Mt. Province)


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Mt. Province Destinations

Alab Petroglyph

The Alab Petroglyph is a huge rock formation that was inscribed with bows and arrows and is believed to have contained the ancient fertility rites of natives.

Backstrap and Loom weaving Houses ( Samoki Weaving)

This is where one can see an actual weaving by the locals. Tourists can come to this place for a photo-op and a chance to try their hand at weaving. Souvenirs can also be bought at these houses.

Bay-yo Rice Terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces are a smallet type of terraces that is spectacular to look at for tourists.

Bomod-ok Falls

Cascading white water and with a forceful might sending sprays of water that even on a hot day gives you an idea of just how freezingly-cold the pool at the bottom of the falls is truly a majestic sight to behold.

Bontoc Village Museum

It features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot's way of life.

Mt. Amuyao

The 8th highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides its climbers a breathtaking panoram of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Cagayan Valley.

Mt. Clitoris (Tadian)

This is a sacred mountain regardless of its name. Standing proudly and serenely over 3 villages, this conical-shaped land mass is said to be home to some enchanted eels.

Mountain Province Trade Center

A mini-shopping center managed by the Department of Trade and Industry where skillfully crafted indigenous products are sold.

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Having their coffins hangng at the limestone sliffs is an imrtant tribal custom that thee locals have complied with through hundred of years.

Sumaguuing Caves

Two hundred fifty or so steps down a slipery trail, one can reach the Sumaguing Cave. This is one of the Philippines famous spelunking sites, it is a spectacular place to go to for the adventorous soul.