DOH gains more LGU health team part­ners

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THE DEPART­MENT of Health gains more part­ners in en­sur­ing the de­liv­ery of re­spon­sive health pro­grams and ser­vices to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and un­der­served area with more eight lo­cal govern­ment unit health teams grad­u­at­ing from the Mu­nic­i­pal Lead­er­ship and Gov­er­nance Pro­gram or MLGP.

MLGP aims to en­hance the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tives and lo­cal health of­fi­cers to­wards im­prov­ing the health sit­u­a­tion in their re­spec­tive towns or mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, es­pe­cially those in ge­o­graph­i­cally iso­lated and dis­placed ar­eas. It is a com­po­nent of the DOH’s Health Lead­er­ship and Gov­er­nance Pro­gram (HLGP) ini­ti­ated by the Zuel­lig Fam­ily Foun­da­tion in 2008.

DOH – Cordillera’s train­ing in­sti­tu­tion part­ner, the Benguet State Univer­sity headed by Pres­i­dent Feli­ciano Calora Jr. led the pre­sen­ta­tion and con­fir­ma­tion of the grad­u­ates in a Col­lo­quium Grad­u­a­tion Cer­e­mony at Ridge­wood Ho­tel on Oc­to­ber 28.

For the prov­ince of Abra, the MLGP grad­u­ates are Mayor Gy­bel Car­de­nas, Mu­nic­i­pal Health Of­fi­cer Dr. Ever­belle Hi­dalgo and Pub­lic Health Nurse Jan­ina Gayao of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Bu­cloc; Mayor Salma Padilla and MHO Dr. Re­line Gay Apelo of Daguioman; Mayor Corinthia Crisol­ogo and MHO Dr. Sev­e­rina Ortega of Tineg; and Mayor Guil­bert Bal­lan­gan, MHO Dr. Jor­dan Dongga –as and nurse Lo­radel Fer­rer of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Tubo.

MLGP grad­u­ates for Ifu­gao are Mayor Joselito Guyguyon and MHO Dr. Cherry Na­mu­jhe of Kian­gan, and Mayor Marcelino Catal­ino and MHO Dr. Jen­nifer Il­lus­trisimo of Tinoc.

For the prov­ince of Kalinga, the grad­u­ates are Mayor John­well Tig­gan­gay and MHO Dr. San­dra Glynn and Dr. San­dra Glynn Valle­dor of Tanudan, and Mayor Sacra­ment Gu­mi­lab and MHO Dr. Caren Aite Liw – agan of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Tinglayan.

DOH Pub­lic Health Ser­vice Team OIC Un­der­sec­re­tary Dr. Myrna Cab­o­taje and DOH – CAR OIC Re­gional Di­rec­tor Amelita Pangili­nan spear­headed the cer­e­mo­nial hand­ing down of P100,000

check to each of the LGU health teams as cash prize for fin­ish­ing the MLGP train­ing course.

Cab­o­taje, in her key­note mes­sage, ex­pressed the Health Depart­ment’s con­grat­u­la­tions to the grad­u­ates as she out­lined the im­por­tance of lead­er­ship and gov­er­nance in cre­at­ing health­care sys­tems that are re­spon­sive to the needs of the peo­ple in their com­mu­ni­ties.

This Col­lo­quium is a tes­ta­ment to the good re­sults from the HLGP and un­der­scores the im­por­tance of de­vel­op­ing lead­ers into health cham­pi­ons in im­ple­ment­ing health re­forms, she said.

Cab­o­taje as­sured DOH re­mains com­mit­ted to sus­tain the part­ner­ship with com­mu­nity stake­hold­ers es­pe­cially with lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tive in the ser­vice of Filipino cit­i­zenry.

“Let us con­tinue to work to­gether on the way to a sus­tain­able and ef­fec­tive Philip­pine health care sys­tem”, she en­joined.

With the ad­di­tion of the eight LGU health teams, there are now 23 MLGP alumni out of the 76 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the re­gion.

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