The Colloquium of the course on Building Pandemic-Resilient Communities through Public Health Governance was held last Saturday, December 5. It highlighted the accomplishments of five (5) participating LGUs in their pandemic response, captured the leadership insights for building pandemic resilient communities, and shared the lessons and emerging good practices on public health governance for resilient LGUs.
Ms. Jessica Marie Robredo, the Chairperson of Jesse M. Robredo Foundation, Inc. welcomed the participants with her opening message. Afterwards, each LGU was given ten (10) minutes to present a Technical/Management Report on their pandemic-related programs and services delivered by their Municipal Health Officer (MHO), and their LCE’s Public Narrative sharing their insights on resilient public health governance. Each LGU report was followed with a reaction from a member of the Panel of Reactors. Comprising the panel of reactors were VP Leni Robredo; Jesse M. Robredo Foundation Executive Director, Dr. Patricia Robredo; Mayor Hermie Velasco of San Gabriel, La Union; Public Health Practitioner / Adjunct Faculty of Asian Institute of Management, Dr. Miguel Dorotan; and Jesse M. Robredo Foundation, Inc. Program Manager, Mr. Harvey Keh.
After the presentation, Vice President Leni Robredo delivered her keynote message. She shared the importance of a holistic approach to health programs, having a clear focus on targets and metrics, transparency and accountability measures, and people empowerment. She highlighted that people should not be only a beneficiary of the programs, instead should be the partner in the development.
Mr. Bong Villamor ended the session by reiterating to the participants that resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of diversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or even significant sources of stress. It is a process of bouncing forward from difficult experiences. He also reminded the participants that leadership is vital in building pandemic-resilient communities.
The course was participated by LGU Gumaca, Quezon; LGU Magallanes, Cavite; LGU Maluso, Basilan; LGU Paglat, Maguindanao; and LGU Sta. Cruz, Marinduque.
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