Members of the UP Visayas faculty, headed by Dr. Philip Ian Padilla, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, conducted a coaching and mentoring training for the Development Management Officers of DOH 6 on May 25-27, 2022. The activity is designed to capacitate the participants in engaging various stakeholders to implement RA 11223 or the Universal Health Care Law.
Apart from Dr. Padilla, Dr. Marilyn Sumayo and Prof. Josephine Firmase from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) were also among the trainers. Prof. Melanie Sartorio from the College of Management (CM) completed the lineup of trainers.
The training aimed to achieve six key objectives, which include the attainment of better health MDG outcomes in Region VI, particularly for the poor, enhancement of health systems approach in addressing health inequities in the region, adoption of the Municipal Leadership and Governance Program (MLGP) as a critical strategy that will complement and fast track the implementation of existing health systems and public health programs, the institutionalization of the MLGP in the RO VI - DOH and the University of the Philippines Visayas Foundation Inc. (UPVFI) to ensure the sustainability of the program, implementation of the program in the priority municipalities in Region VI, and the monitor and evaluation of the MLGP in terms of health leadership development of mayors and Municipal Health Officers (MHO).
Fifteen participants from the five provinces of Region 6, either Development Management Officers (DMO) 3 or 4 working for health equity in their respective LGUs, were present during the training. Among the topics discussed included how to do coaching and mentoring, enhancing dialogue skills, and action planning.
The three-day training was also a continuation of the UPVFI-DOH 6 partnership on Health Leadership and Governance. UPVFI has been the development partner of DOH 6 in the training of municipal mayors, municipal health officers, and planning officers to improve health systems across Region VI.