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 that 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. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)