TWENTY-EIGHT local government units from the different provinces in Region VI completed the one-year, two-modular Municipal Leadership and Governance Program (MLGP) of the Department of Health (DOH) - Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) Health Leadership and Governance Program.

The MLGP forms part of the leadership and governance capability building components of the DOH-ZFF Health Leadership and Governance Program. Anchored on the Bridging Leadership Framework, the participants to this program are mayors, municipal health officers (MHOs) and municipal planning and development officers (MPDOs).

The program aims to empower municipal health leaders to be “bridging leaders.” As such, they will be able to transform their local health systems and make health programs and services work for the community, especially the poor. It also hopes to improve health outcomes by enhancing service delivery.

The 28 LGUs which completed the program include the municipalities of Altavas, Banga, Batan, Buruanga, Ibajay, Libacao, Madalag, Malinao, Nabas and Tangalan in Aklan; Nueva Valencia in Guimaras; and Hinoba-an and Toboso in Negros Occidental.

For Iloilo, the LGUs include Ajuy, Alimodian, Guimbal, Igbaras, Lemery, Miagao, San Joaquin, Tigbauan, Tubungan and Zarraga.

Completing the 28 LGUs are Batch 1 graduates composed of the municipalities of New Lucena and Concepcion in Iloilo; New Washington in Aklan; and Bugasong and Laua-an in Antique.

The modular training was provided by the University of the Philippines-Visayas as academic partner. Coaching and monitoring sessions were conducted by personnel of the DOH Regional Office VI during practicum.

As part of the course deliverables, municipal health leaders are to improve their municipal health indicators and engage other local stakeholders such as the municipal health board.

Selected mayors shared their leadership journey during the Colloquium held at Casa Real de Iloilo on February 5, March 10, and 17, 2016 and presented new institutional arrangements in their municipalities, best practices, innovative programs, and health outcomes achieved.