July 19, 2024
MLDP TRAINING — Mayors from various provinces in the Cordillera have completed the Municipal Leadership Development Program, a significant stride towards advancing the Universal Health Care in the region. — DOH-CAR photo

Six municipalities from across the Cordillera completed the Municipal Leadership Development Program (MLDP) on June 20 in Sagada, Mountain Province.

The completers are the Benguet municipalities of Atok, Bokod, and Mankayan; Hingyon in Ifugao; Lagayan in Abra; and host town Sagada. 

Dubbed “Bayang Malusog,” the program aims to bolster the leadership and governance capacities of mayors and key officials to cope with the demands of implementing the universal healthcare.

All local chief executives and committee on health councilors, as well as municipal health officers, of the municipalities attended the event.

The six towns were the second batch in the program jointly offered by the Department of Health and Cordillera Career Development College, in collaboration with The Zuellig Family Foundation.

The first batch of towns to graduate the MLDP course are the Ifugao towns of Aguinaldo and Asipulo; Balbalan, Kalinga; Bontoc, Mountain Province; and Buguias, Benguet.

“We hope the program can generate adaptive responses in addressing emerging and persistent challenges, especially in the implementation of the Universal Health Care,” said CCDC President Sherry Junette Tagle, who was also among the facilitators.

While the course is offered through the DOH Cordillera’s Local Health Systems Section, the resource persons and facilitators are from CCDC. 

After the two-day course, the municipalities drafted their own strategies in strengthening stakeholder relationships for sustained implementation of the Universal Health Care and design action plans to address the remaining challenges in its implementation.

The MLDP consists of two modules of in-person training, hands-on activities, expert-led sessions, mentorship, and final presentation events spread out over a year. – Karlston Lapniten