Seminar focuses on role of LGUs as public health champions

Among the speakers for the good governance and public health leadership themes were Mary Jane Ortega, former mayor of San Fernando La Union, Dr. Marife Yap, former Mayor Sonia Lorenzo (San Isidro, Nueva Ecija) and Galing Pook Winners Governor Johnny Pimentel (Surigao del Sur) and Mayor Joselito Escutin (Dao, Capiz) who shared challenges and successes in raising the quality of health their respective hometowns. 

Also present were Philippine College of Surgeons Regent Dr. Beda Espineda and PhilHealth’s Director for Region VII, Jenet Advincula who said she was glad to engage the officials in a discussion on spreading PhilHealth’s mission and benefits for their constituents.

Speakers during the final day focused on how to create innovative solutions, including opening up LGUs for possible partnerships. 

Dr. Penny Robredo-Bundoc of Physicians for Peace and Karen Villanueva of Merck, Sharpe and Dohme shared experiences concerning projects for persons with disabilities. 

Composed of mayors, councilors for health, municipal health officers, and other LHB representatives, the LGU participants in attendance were from Gapan, Nueva Ecija; Baclayon, Garcia Hernandez, Loon, Maribojoc, Talibon, Trinidad, Tubigon, and Ubay from Bohol; Alcoy, Barili, Consolacion and Mandaue City from Cebu; Bais City, Bindoy, Siaton from Negros Oriental; Albarka and Tipo-Tipo, from Basilan, and Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte.

The conference closed as it began, with Senator Guingona III highlighting the key elements of successful health programs in the local and national levels – through good governance, transparency, accountability, participation.

Guingona pointed out that if LGUs practice these three values, there would be meaningful delivery of services. "It doesn’t have to be very complicated, we just stick to these three words, live it, make it a reality, and then you are a Champion.”

To know more about the Champions of Good Governance for Health, you can call (02) 990-3282 or (02) 433-1440.