BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Health – Cordillera Administrative Region Guiding Coalition hopes to sustain the Health Leadership and Governance Program (HLGP) in the region by enrolling all local government units to the Provincial and Municipal Local Governance Program to level up for a healthy Cordillera.
The HLGP is a strategic initiative targeting different stakeholders in the health sector such as DOH regional offices, municipal health officers, and local chief executives, to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to institutionalize health programs and attain health targets. It is composed of several leadership and governance capability building interventions for local chief executives and local health leaders
During the Strategic Planning Workshop for Health Leadership and Good Governance Program held recently, DOH-CAR OIC Regional Director Amelita Pangilinan reiterated that the Guiding Coalition Team was formulated to guide the management of DOH-CAR in the institutionalization of the HLGP in the region in order to address health inequities for a healthy Cordilleras.
The Provincial Leadership and Governance Program (PLGP) will build the health leadership capacities of the provincial governors and their provincial health officers to develop the provincial health system.
In the region as of October 2015, Mountain Province and Ifugao have already graduated from the PLGP.
A total of 33 municipalities are covered under the Municipal Leadership and Governance Program (MLGP) where in 15 LGUs are alumni and 18 are presently undergoing the program. Involved LGUs are four in Abra, Apayao- 3, Benguet- 7, Ifugao- 9, Kalinga-4 and Mt. Province- 6.
The MLGP involves mayors and municipal health officers who are expected to improve their municipal health indicators and engage other local stakeholders.
City Leadership and Governance Program is 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.
According to Jacqueline Frances Momville of the Zuellig Family Foundation, HLGP is implemented in 609 municipalities and cities nationwide identified as priority by the National Anti-Poverty Commission./JDP/MAWC– PIA CAR