DOH, Calabarzon execs ink pact to improve health delivery system
CALAMBA CITY, Laguna - The Department of Health (DOH) regional office spearheaded on Friday the signing of a joint memorandum to improve health delivery system in Region 4-A (Calabarzon).
DOH officials and mayors from Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon signed the Joint Regional Memorandum Circular and MidPracticum Assessment Session on Municipal Leadership and Governance Program (MLGP) Course in an event held at Manila Diamond Hotel.
The signing of the joint memorandum with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) aims to assist local leaders in addressing access, utilization, coverage and equity issues in their respective jurisdictions.
DOH-Calabarzon Regional Director, Dr. Eduardo C. Janairo, reminded health and local government executives on the importance of implementing the coaching and mentoring system for the region that would ensure improved health services delivery system to their respective local stakeholders.
“This will create an inter-agency committee that will provide support and assistance to Local Government Units (LGUs) in achieving the health-related sustainable goals (SDG) in 2030 which focus on improving the leadership and management practices of local leaders,” Janairo said.
According to Janairo, LGU executives will undergo a “coaching and mentoring” development program for which they will be guided in their management, supervision and implementation of plans to have a unified effort in the development of their local health system, health financing and health service delivery.
Under the memorandum, the DOH, DILG and PhilHealth regional offices will oversee the institutionalization, implementation and monitoring of health programs by the LGUs for the accomplishment of the desired health outcomes at the local level.
“Through this approach, we hope to bridge the gap between knowledge and effective management that will lead to improvements in core health system areas, including quality of clinical care, data-driven decision making, leadership and accountability, and satisfaction of community,” he said.
Glen S. Ramos, community affairs and media relations officer of DOH Calabarzon, said the joint project is in partnership with the University of the Philippines Manila-College of Public Health (UP-CPH) and the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) as academic partners under the Health Leadership and Governance Program.
Ramos said through the MLGP course, local chief executives and municipal health officers will undergo 18 months of leadership program supplemented by coaching and mentoring sessions on local health system development.
The course covers good governance in the health sector, Health Service Delivery, Health Workforce, Health Information, Access to Essential Medicines and Healthcare Financing.
He added that program participants are required to complete the four-day Module 1 sessions, six-month practicum, four-day Module 2 sessions and another six-month practicum before they can graduate.
In his opening remarks, DOH-Calabarzon Assistant Regional Director, Dr. Noel G. Pasion, urged local leaders to further strengthen their local health system to enable residents of rural areas to achieve access to essential services. CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Hundreds of paddlers from all over Mindanao are expected to converge here for the first Motor Ace Kagay-an Dragon Boat Fiesta Race to be held at the Cagayan de Oro river on Sunday, August 26.
Organized by Dragon Boat Kagay-an, the race is also one of the city fiesta’s core events.
Among the groups that will be competing in Sunday’s race are the Ronin Dragon Boat Team from Bohol; Baku Uno, Iligan City; Base Camp, Davao City; CGY Oro Dragons, Cagayan de Oro; Draco Cancabato, Tacloban City; Bugsay sa Pagpukaw, Davao; Kujaw Tiger Dragons, Cortes, Surigao del Sur; FSUU Blue Dragons, Butuan City; Bugsay Marajao, Surigao City; Suicide Squad of Northern Mindanao, a team from Cagayan de Oro and Iligan; Rapid Riders; and teams from Liceo de Cagayan University and a group of people with disabilities.
“We are expecting at least 300 out of town participants. Race day will be limited to 500 participants for logistics reasons,” Dragon Boat Kagay-an managing partner John Asuncion said.
Asuncion said they will hold a special qualifying race for the local teams if the number of participants reaches more than 500.
Asuncion said they are grateful that the city government has added the competition to the annual fiesta’s series of activities, adding that it is high time for Kagayanons to be introduced to this water sport.
Asuncion said the Dragon Boat Kagay-an aims to “introduce and develop the sport at the grassroots level where it matters the most.”
He said the holding of the 1st Motor Ace Kagay-an Dragon Boat Fiesta Race and the organization's daily clinics are venues for the people to get acquainted to the sport and discovert new talents.
“Dragon boat is one of the very few sports Filipinos excel internationally even with its late entry, late development, lacking in support, and ill-equipped team,” he pointed out.
Asuncion added: “Filipinos and paddling are meant for each other. The Philippine team makes up the U40 (under 40) category. We have yet to send a team for the U23 division. It would be a great honor to have a team coming from Cagayan de Oro.”
He said the group’s dragon boat clinic has so far attracted people from all walks of life, most noticeable is the group of persons with disabilities (PWDs) who practice their paddling skills every Saturday.
“These PWDs have shown their determination and their willingness to learn. They should serve as an example for all of us. If they can do it, there’s no reason that others can’t,” Asuncion said.
For those interested to learn how to paddle, dragon boats are docked at Duaw Park (beside the City Hall complex) every day.
The regular rate is P50 per person per hour, and P20 per student per hour for students--inclusive of boat rental, use of paddles, life vest, and assistance from seasoned paddlers of CGY Oro Dragons.