Calabarzon LGUs Urged To Institutionalize Reforms

The Department of Health is urging local government officials to pass local ordinances that would help institutionalize health reforms.

At the sidelines of the Colloquium: Health Leadership and Governance Program here, DOH-Calabarzon Director Eduardo Janairo said that since local leaders have term limits, health reforms should be sustained.

“May naitanim na kami, mahalaga ‘yung sustainability at tuloy-tuloy ang programa para hindi mawala ang kalusugan para sa kanila (We have already planted the seed, what’s important now is sustainability and continuous implementation of health programs),” he said.

Local officials from selected municipalities in the Calabarzon region have undergone a training program, led by the DOH, called Municipal Leadership and Governance Program (MLGP), which aims to promote a systemic mindset for overcoming challenges in community healthcare.

The colloquium is held to formally end the two-year partnership program with the eight municipalities – composed of Alfonso and Noveleta towns in Cavite, Sta. Maria and Majayjay in Laguna, Agoncillo and Padre Garcia in Batangas, and Buenavista and Panukalan in Quezon, who completed the MLGP.

“After the graduation, this is now the immersion process,” Janairo said.

He said the ‘graduates’ can share the health challenges encountered in developing their municipal health system and highlight effective strategies in achieving Millennium Development Goals or Sustainable Development Goals, such as on maternal and infant health, among others.

The conference also aims to advocate additional support from other groups and donors and provide a venue for stakeholders to come up with an integrated response in addressing health challenges and prepare actions towards the realization of the Universal Health Care law. (PNA)

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