by Paolo Mendoza, Romblon News/PR | Monday, 14 March 2016
Department of Health (DOH) – MIMAROPA (Oriental/Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) recently completed the 4th batch of graduates of the Municipal Leadership Governance Program (MLGP) including Local Chief Executives and Municipal Health Officers during the Colloquium held at the Hive Hotel in Scout Tuason, Quezon City on March 11, 2016.
“We are witness to the successful implementation of health programs in the communities by mayors and municipal health officers who have undergone the program and understood their role in improving the health of their municipalities as manifested by their health scorecards,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated during the opening of the colloquium.
“We have added another batch of champions in health and with these group of victors we are assured that municipal health systems in the region will be improved and health needs of the poor will be addressed,” he emphasized.
Among the participants who graduated were Mayors and their MHOs – Hon. Sue S. Cudilla and Dr. Rosalinda L. Losaria of Aracelli, Palawan; Hon. Edna G. Lim and Dr. Cesar G. Rivera of El Nido, Palawan; Hon. Maria Angela V. Sabando and Dr. Leo C. Salvino of Roxas, Palawan; Hon. Romy L. Salvame and Dr. Dan A. Del Rosario of Taytay, Palawan; Hon. Salvador R. Py and Dr. Edelina M. Bae of San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro; Hon. Alfredo G. Ortega, Jr. and Dr. Ma. Victoria R. Valdez of Victoria, Oriental Mindoro; Hon. Ronnie D. Samson and Dr. Enrick Joshua M. Cruz of San Jose, Romblon; Hon. Eddie C. Lota and Dr. Jobin G. Maestro of Alcantara, Romblon; Roberto M. Madla and Dr. Joselito G. Awat of Boac, Marinduque; Hon. Russel S. Madrigal and Dr. Eleanor May D. Grate of Buenavista, Marinduque; Hon. Eric A. Constantino and Dr. ma. Corazon Bernabe of Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro.
The MLGP is an endeavor in partnership with the Zuellig Family Foundation and conducted under the Health Leadership and Governance Program through the Development Academy of the Philippines Graduate School of Public and Development Management as academic partner.
It is a one-year leadership program for Local Chief Executives (LCEs) and Municipal Health Officers (MHOs) supplemented by coaching and mentoring sessions on local health system development which focuses on Good Governance in the health sector, Health Service Delivery, Health Workforce, Health Information, Access to Essential Medicines and Healthcare Financing.
The program requires the participants to complete the 4-day Module 1 sessions, 6-month practicum, 4-day Module 2 sessions and another 6-month practicum before they can graduate.
The Colloquium is the final component of MLGP in which LCEs and MHOs will reflect on their leadership journey, highlight their achievements, health indicators and present their lessons learned during the one-year period.
The benefits of the program include personal development in health leadership and governance, improvement of municipal health outcomes, translate health outcomes into political gains, academic units leading to a Master’s Degree, networking and partnerships (building social capital), opportunity for health program grants and infrastructure development and the opportunity to gain the Seal of Health Governance recognition.