Zamboanga City bags ‘ leadership, governance’ award

The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper - - News -

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The United States Agency for International Development has awarded Zamboanga City in southern Philippines with an award for its outstanding leadership and governance.

The award, dubbed “City Leadership and Governance Program Colloquium,” was handed to Mayor Beng Climaco who has been cited for her leadership and governance program, especially on health.

It was part of the socalled USAID’s “City Leadership and Governance Program” - a strategic and focused health leadership and governance program to help city mayors and health officers address the challenges of rapid urbanization to health outcomes in urban areas.

The program was sponsored by USAID and supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund, Development Academy of the Philippines, the Department of Health, the World Health Organization and the Zuellig Family Foundation.

It is also a component of the USAID’s Health Leadership and Governance Program which aims at training local chief executives and health officers on bridging leadership competencies and improving local health systems to make them more responsive to the needs for maternal and child health, family planning, and tuberculosis prevention; and increasing community participation and health- seeking behavior in target areas through improved local health systems and local health leadership.

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