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DOH, Cal­abar­zon ex­ecs ink pact to im­prove health de­liv­ery sys­tem

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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.

 ?? (Photo cour­tesy of DOH4A-MRCU) ?? HEALTH PACT. Depart­ment of Health (DOH) Cal­abar­zon Re­gional Direc­tor Dr. Ed­uardo C. Janairo (cen­ter) joins re­gional ex­ec­u­tives and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Govern­ment (DILG), PhilHealth and re­gional health units in the sign­ing of the Joint Re­gional Mem­o­ran­dum Cir­cu­lar and Mid-Practicum As­sess­ment Ses­sion for the Mu­nic­i­pal Lead­er­ship and Gov­er­nance Pro­gram (MLGP) Course - on coach­ing and men­tor­ing de­vel­op­ment among lo­cal may­ors - at the re­gional gath­er­ing held at the Manila Di­a­mond Ho­tel on Aug. 24, 2018.
(Photo cour­tesy of DOH4A-MRCU) HEALTH PACT. Depart­ment of Health (DOH) Cal­abar­zon Re­gional Direc­tor Dr. Ed­uardo C. Janairo (cen­ter) joins re­gional ex­ec­u­tives and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Govern­ment (DILG), PhilHealth and re­gional health units in the sign­ing of the Joint Re­gional Mem­o­ran­dum Cir­cu­lar and Mid-Practicum As­sess­ment Ses­sion for the Mu­nic­i­pal Lead­er­ship and Gov­er­nance Pro­gram (MLGP) Course - on coach­ing and men­tor­ing de­vel­op­ment among lo­cal may­ors - at the re­gional gath­er­ing held at the Manila Di­a­mond Ho­tel on Aug. 24, 2018.

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