Infrastructure and Utilities

TRANSPORTATION

· Brooke’s Point is accessible by all kinds of land and sea transportation.

· The municipality has a total road network of 595.85 kms. that connects all its barangays, of which 40.20 kms. are national roads, 110.58 kms. provincial, 25.57 kms. municipal streets,413.50 kms. barangay roads, and 5.70 kms. other or private roads. Road density is placed at 9.52 kms. per 1,000 population or 0.56 km.per sq. km. land area.

· There are 27 bridges that connect the various roads in the municipality, 85% of which are concrete bridges.

· In 2008, the sea port in Brooke’s Point accommodated 20 commercial passenger and 18 cargo vessels from Manila, and Mindanao. It also attended to more or less 674 passengers.

· There were 12 buses, 25 vans, 28 jeepneys and 15 multicabs plying the routes to Puerto Princesa City or Bataraza in 2008. These vehicles wait for riders at an interval of more or less an hour in between from 4:00am to 6:00pm. In some instances, if there are more passengers, the vehicles will leave immediately once fully loaded. Otherwise, if not yet full but the designated time is up, the vehicle will leave to give way to the next vehicle in line.

· Estimated travel time to and from Puerto Princesa City is 3.5 – 4.0 hours while it takes 2.0 – 3.0 hours ride to Rio Tuba.

· There were 502 tricycles in operation in 2008 that convey passengers in and around the municipality.

COMMUNICATION

· Communication facilities include telephone/cellsite, PRCS, GMA satellite station and cable TV, FM Band Radio, post office and private messengerial services – LBC, Aboitiz 2GO, and JRS.

· SMART and GLOBE communication networks enable the use of cellular phones in the municipality. Coverage is good but patchy in some areas of the rural barangays.

· Internet services are also made available by SMART.

· Inter-municipalities communications may be made through PRCS.

HEALTH

Health facilities in the municipality include a government hospital, rural health unit (RHU), barangay health stations (BHS), and private clinics specializing in pediatrics, internal medicine, and obstetrics-gynecology. Dental and optical clinics, laboratory, and drugstores also exist.

Brooke’s Point health system is gradually making significant progress with the renovation of the Southern Palawan Provincial Hospital and the installation of the local health insurance program – the Impok pang-Kalusugan that compliments the Philhealth.

The combined number of health personnel and hospital bed capacity of the Southern Palawan Provincial Hospital, Leoncio General Hospital, Sagrado Medical and Children’s Clinic and the Berachah Medical Clinic gives a doctor-population ratio of 1:3,190, a nurse in 1,595 population, one midwife for every 1,511 population and one hospital bed in 820 population. However, these hospitals not only serve the Municipality of Brooke’s Point but also cater to the health needs of the people of Balabac, Bataraza, and Sofronio Espaňola.

Most health care personnel and facilities are concentrated in Barangay Poblacion and Barangay Pangobilian.

RHU is primarily engaged in consultation, treatment, and dispensation of drugs and medicines, calls and attendance at houses, deliveries, sanitary campaigns, immunizations, and emergency treatment. It also undertakes health education, family planning activities and other preventive campaigns.

BHSs were put up in all the barangays of Brooke’s Point. Provided with medicines and medical equipment, each BHS is manned by a midwife and the barangay health workers.

Most of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality have been in the lists for years and have just changed their ranks through the years.

In 2007-2008, most of the leading causes of morbidity are caused by infections such as: URTI, malaria, bronchitis, diarrhea, pneumonia, and influenza.

Although malaria is no longer a leading cause of death, it remains among the leading causes of morbidity particularly in rural areas.

As deaths due to preventable diseases have been in decline, lifestyle diseases dominate the leading causes of mortality, particularly CVA, diabetes mellitus, heart diseases, and cancer.

Membership to insurance program, though mostly government-sponsored is very minimal. In 2008, the proportion of households enrolled in Philhealth and Impok pang-Kalusugan was only 21.59% or only 2,688 out of the 12,449 households in the municipality.