“What this program is showing us now is that public-private partnership is a good strategy toward the achievement of our goals. Together, we must continue to work hand-in-hand. Together we can do it.”
These were the words of Health Secretary Enrique Ona in his speech delivered on his behalf by DOH director Nestor Santiago Jr. during a forum on the DOH-Zuellig Family Foundation partnership program called the “Health Leadership and Governance Program” (HLGP).
The program aims to help the country achieve by 2015 its health targets under the Millennium Development Goals. It is also a program intended to strengthen the government’s Kalusugang Pangkalahatan (Universal Health Care agenda).
During what is called a “Gallery Walk,” in the forum, each regional director presented Ona their region’s maternal mortality ratio and infant mortality rate, and the strategies they have in minimizing mortalities and improving health outcomes in the different municipalities.
The forum, held in Antipolo City last March 26 and 27, discussed the gains made and the challenges encountered in implementing the HLGP, which began in the second half last year.