“Good health governance is not just the absence of corruption; it is also the capacity to address the needs of the constituency,” said Harvey Keh of Kaya Natin. We cannot settle for simply not doing evil; doing good should be part of the equation.
With Harvey Keh of Kaya Natin during the Champions for Health Governance Awards.
And if there’s a leader doing his job well, perhaps he deserves more than just a pat on the back. To honor five local government units for their exemplary health programs, MSD and Kaya Natin – together with the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Ateneo School of Government – gave away trophies and funds worth PhP200,000 each during the awarding ceremonies on June 20, 2013 at The Bayleaf.
In my article on health governance awards at Talk Health, I talked about why a partnership between private companies and government institutions can help give health governance champions the merit they need. Feel free to read it.
Health Governance Award Winners
The municipality of Anilao in Iloilo, one of the five winners of the Champions for Health Governance Awards, set an example by developing their own programs outside of the recommendations set forth by DOH. For instance, they established a midwife-per-unit program to ensure the safety of every mother and baby.
Carmona, Cavite, on the other hand, won the award after conceptualizing a health advocacy program for healthy living. It comes complete with a support group called Sweet Company, aimed at preventing diabetes and its complications.
San Pablo in Zamboanga del Sur, Tayabas City in Quezon, and Valenzuela City also received the same award.
“It is all about empowering the people,” DOH Undersecretary Ted Herbosa said. “With these health governance awards, we provide a sustainable financing model where money is provided to a local unit who then provides healthcare to its people.”