Champions for Health Governance Awards

Friday, July 05, 2013 Stef dela Cruz, MD 2 Comments

“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.

Harvey-Keh-of-Kaya-NatinWith 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.

Champions for Health Governance Awards

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.

Champions for Health Governance

Health Governance Awards

“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.”

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a vegan doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She is the editor of The Manila Bulletin's Animal Scene Magazine. Get in touch if you want to invite her as a speaker!


  1. Yep, that's good indeed, Chinwendu!

    By the way, I marked your other comment spam because, well, it is. I'm not going to publish a link to a university in Nigeria which isn't related to this post. In any case, thanks for visiting my blog!