Welecome Remarks by Ms. Magdalena L. Mendoza, Senior Vice President, Development Academy of the Philippines on the occasion of the CLGP Colloquium held on March 8, 2016 at the Heritage Hotel, Pasay City:

The City Leadership and Governance Program is a one-and-a-half year program designed to empower local chief executives, city health officers and other local leaders to become Bridging Leaders.

In Module 1, you were taught the core concepts of Urban Health and Bridging Leadership, after which you had your two-month practicum wherein you were tasked to form your own City Leadership and Governance Health Teams and continue with your health data collection.

In Module 2, you went through the process of grounding and visioning by deepening your understanding of Bridging Leadership. It was in this module that you identified your city’s priority health issues you and areas of inequity. Afterwards you started implementing your city health action plans…

Then, in Module 3, you came back with your city accomplishments as well as your challenges in implementing your action plan after a six-month practicum. Here you got introduced to the Filipino Loob and Adaptive Leadership to sustain your gains and lead your city to become a healthy city.

Now, you are gathered here again, time to talk about your journey, share best practices, the adaptive challenges you encountered, your leadership response, and celebrate each other’s accomplishments.

As the academic partner for CLGP, we at the Development Academy of the Philippines take this colloquium as an opportunity to recognize all of you, the eight (8) cities who successfully completed the program with steadfast participation, hard work and program achievements.

We would also like to recognize the program donors, USAID and UNICEF, for seeing the need to strengthen the local health system to build stronger and equitable partnerships towards better health outcomes. Their support enabled the Department of Health, the Zuellig Family Foundation, and us, the DAP, to co-create an innovative response to the peculiar needs of highly urbanized areas.

We hope that the seeds that were planted would continue to grow and, together, would lead us to co-create solutions that would address health inequities in our cities and highly urbanized area.and bear fruit with more bridging leaders.

Again, we welcome you to this momentous event to celebrate the accomplishments of our bridging leaders. May they continue their journey towards genuine leadership and governance!

Maraming salamat. Mabuhay!