Building Pandemic-Resilient Communities through Public Health Governance

Designed for local government and public health leaders, the course is geared towards enhancing capacities of LGU officials to equip them with the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) for good governance practices towards better health and other social outcomes especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The course is designed to help LGUs address strategic and systemic challenges to build resilient local health systems that are able to provide responsive, sustainable, and equitable public health programs and services.

The course ended last December 5, 2020

Course Overview

While basic public health systems are expected to be able to provide needed service delivery functions in the face of a pandemic, the severity and extent of the ongoing health crisis require a much more responsive approach from local health leaders. More importantly, the emerging challenges of ensuring the sustainability of local responses and continuing capacity development to respond to future health emergencies must be addressed by institutionalizing initiatives that would make the public health system more resilient. On top of investments on local health systems development, therefore, LGUs need to make investments on leadership capacity to make both individuals and their communities resilient to pandemics and other public emergencies.

Designed to help LGUs address strategic and systemic challenges in building resilient local health systems and improving health and other social outcomes amidst the pandemic, the course is geared towards enhancing the capacities of LGU officials on good governance and public health leadership practices.

The course is composed of eight (8) 2-3 hour synchronous learning sessions and an almost equal number of asynchronous learning activities spread over three (3) months. The use of both synchronous and asynchronous learning sessions and activities will maximize both online and on-the-job application and deployment of leadership and management concepts and tools that will be covered by the program.

At the end of the course, participants are expected to be able to institutionalize improvements in their local health systems that will help ensure better performance and thus generate better health and other social outcomes, eventually making a contribution to the resilience not just of public health programs and services against pandemics and other health emergencies, but to the overall resilience of the local community to thrive and bounce back from natural and other disasters.

Learning Objectives

  1. Enhance the leadership and management capacities of the participants to address COVID-19 and related public health issues.
  2. Improve functionality of their local health board to co-own and co-create desired improvements in local health systems performance.
  3. Encourage increased community participation and engagement in local governance for better health and other social outcomes for LGU constituents.
  4. Provide opportunities for learning, innovation, and growth for public health leaders to build resilient local health systems in their LGUs.

Target Participants

  • LGU Health Team composed of Local Chief Executive, City / Municipal Health Officer, City / Municipal Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Officer*, City / Municipal Planning and Development Officer*


  • Local Chief Executive is in his/her first or second term.
  • LGU Health Team is able to analyze and identify priority public health issues / challenges in the local health system posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • LGU Health Team is committed to attend all learning sessions and to accomplish all learning activities.

Course Facilitator

Leadership and Governance Consultant
National Resilience Institute
In 2008, Mr. Bong Villamor began a career in public health as Director of the Zuellig Family Foundation’s Institute for Health Leadership, which helps build capacity for local government units, partner academic institutions, and senior executives and field personnel of the Department of Health.
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