MLGP very impressive – expect better rural health programs PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 31 January 2014 00:00

I am excited with the outcome of the Training on Municipal Leadership and Governance Program (MLGP) conducted by the Department of Health Center for Health Development Zamboanga Peninsula, Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF), and Ateneo de Zamboanga University
these last 4 days (January 28-31, 2014) at Lantaka Hotel. 9 Municipal Mayors from Sibugay and Zamboanga del Norte together with their respective health personnel attended it.

The mandatory attendance of the Municipal Mayor in this program really impresses me. Aimed to improve the health programs in rural areas with proper coordination and implementation, the Municipal Mayors were required to attend the training for them to learn how to execute health programs effectively and be accountable.

In this MLGP Program, I saw the Mayors were active in the discussion and actively participated in the training for 4 days. They were taught how to understand and appreciate health programs better, how to implement them, and be liable. If they were some who escaped and left their staff behind, I don’t know.

This is what I found out – the Mayors must implement the program and must submit the required accomplishment reports. Or else, his or her town will not receive succeeding health funding and programs from DOH or health agencies. What is more important here, I believe more poor people will benefit since now their Mayor will be responsible for his or her town’s health program.

MLGP program envisions itself to be a catalyst for the achievement of better health outcomes for the poor through sustainable healthcare programs and services [universal coverage, people-centered health service delivery, public policy, and leadership and governance], with a primary focus on health inequities in the rural areas of the Philippines.

With this end in mind, Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) implements the Municipal Leadership and Governance Program (MLGP) in partnership with the Department of Health Center for Health Development Zamboanga Peninsula together with the academic partner, Ateneo de Zamboanga University. It aims to improve the leading and managing practices of key local health leaders to address the inequities in the health system.

The MLGP is a two (2) module, 12-month program that incorporates classroom sessions and fieldwork for key municipal stakeholders working as convergence teams anchored on Bridging Leadership and multi-stakeholder engagement. The training program is premised on the ZFF Health Change Model for achieving MDGs for Health.

The MLGP Program in this region is headed by DOH-CHDZP Assistant Regional Director: Dr. Louella Estember and ADZU President Fr. Karel s. San Juan with the support of ZFF President Prof. Ernesto Garilao and ZFF Director Juan Villamor. The participating Muncipal Mayors were Roxas Zambo del Norte Mayor Hendrick Vallercer, Sergio Osmeña Mayor Richard Magsalay, RTLim Sibugay Mayor Michael Piodena, Alicia Sibugay Mayor Haj Yashier Musa, Salud Zambodel Norte Mayor Jeffrey Lim, Leon Postigo Zambo del Norte Ruperto Jamora Jr., Jose Dalman Zambo del Norte Mayor Rachel Ferrater, Siocon Mayor Julius Lobrigas, and Malangas Mayor Alfredo Atilano

“The application of the Bridging Leaders Concept that targets the poor will improve significantly health outcomes not only of the local community but of the whole country as well” -Prof. Ernesto Garilao, ZFF President

Most often when there are trainings needed to implement government projects, I seldom see the top Chief Executive attend the whole session. I had noted in the past government officials attending out-of-town training seminars or trainings will just have their attendance check, “escapes most sessions,” and be back on the last day to get the attendance certificate.  The accompanying lowly rank government employee of the top government official is left behind to listen, report back and file the training materials for their Boss. The poor staff has no choice but to stay behind.

By Dante Corteza