City eyes better health services to folks

After months of participating in a Health Leadership and Governance Program (HLGP) given by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Zuellig Family Foundation, City Mayor John Geesnell Yap and City Health Officer Dr. Jeia Pondoc, have already achieved significant milestones during the first module.

Tangible results are seen with the implementation of the Magna Carta for Public Health Workers, prominent of which is the provision of hazard pay to all the regular personnel of the City Health Office which started August of last year.

The approval of the smoke-free ordinance sponsored by City Councilor Eliezer Borja was another noteworthy achievement.

The ordinance bans smoking or vaping in public places across the city, and limits the use of cigarette including e-cigarettes and other similar devices.

Mayor Yap also signed an Executive Order expanding the membership of the Local Health Board (LHB).

This was a crucial move since the involvement of critical stakeholders in the board will result to a comprehensive and sustainable plans meant to address the various health concerns in Tagbilaran City. Another milestone was the conduct of the first-ever City Health Investment Planning.

The two-day workshop produced a financial plan which outlined the implementation strategyof health reforms.

The accreditation of the TB DOTS and Birthing Center in barangay Cogon was another accomplishment, the accreditation of the birthing and animal bites center inside the City Hall compound is currently being processed and the training for the establishment of a functional electronic health information system is also on-going among the barangays.

The first ever Health Summit was also conducted last December advocating a healthy lifestyle through proper diet and exercise. Fit4Life has already amassed almost 10,000 members from all the 15 barangays.

During the evaluation conducted led by the Director of the Silliman University Government Affairs Center, Atty. Tabitha Tinagan, together with the Department of Health Region 7 key officials, Dr. Jonathan Eraño, Dr. Nelnar Omus and Dr. Portia Reyes, Yap expressed his gratitude for this academic intervention, “Constructive criticisms can help us improve, be better in our methods. It is important that experts guide us in this health governance journey.

We have already seen the results and in fact, we’ve tapped barangay officials to assist us in the implementation of the various health initiatives of the City,” Yap stressed.

The HLGP is a two-year program which would focus on Health System Strengthening Program (HSSP), Barangay Health Leadership & Management Program (BHLMP), and Technical Workshops on Health System and Interventions. There will be four training modules focusing on leadership and health systems development.

The sessions will provide inputs on personal mastery, leadership approaches on health system development, strategic thinking, critical analysis, multi-stakeholder processes and designing innovations.

Each training module targets the implementation of the LGUs respective action. Monthly coaching is also supplemented by leadership and technical workshops for both the city/municipal and barangay leaders.

A two-day activity which includes a one-day leadership retreat, processing of the two-year leadership journey and a one-day colloquium activity celebrating program milestones and recognizing leadership and system transformations will cap the entire program.

Aside from Tagbilaran City, the municipal mayors of Danao, Valencia, Trinidad, Talibon, Balilihan, San Miguel, Tubigon, Anda, Loon, Cortes, Calape, Carmen, Loboc, Clarin and Sevilla were also chosen to participate in the HLGP program.

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