The Kaya Natin Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership, in partnership with Merck, Sharp & Dohme Philippines or MSD and the Jesse Robredo Foundation, is accepting applications from local government units with outstanding public health initiatives for the 2017 Champions for Health Governance Awards.
In line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals on Health and the Department of Health framework to achieve universal health care for all Filipinos, the CHG Awards recognizes LGUs that have applied effective and innovative health programs.
The awards are also supported by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
The chosen top five LGUs will receive trophies and cash prizes of P100,000 each, granted by MSD.
The awards will evaluate LGUs on criteria based on good governance (local leadership, and transparency and accountability) and public health governance (effectiveness and innovativeness of the health program, health resource management, and community engagement).
Interested LGUs are asked to submit a portfolio describing the rationale and impact of the health programs in their respective communities. A distinguished panel of judges will then evaluate and review the submissions, which include an on-site evaluation and a panel presentation and interview with local leaders.
The deadline for submission of entries has been extended to Feb. 17, 2017. The awarding ceremonies will be held in May 2017.
“We look forward to receiving the entries and hearing how LGUs made specific steps to increase people’s access to healthcare. MSD’s continued partnership with Kaya Natin toughens our resolve in seeking out solutions and introducing innovations that will improve the health of every Filipino,” said Dr. Beaver Tamesis, president and managing director of MSD.
For more information on the criteria and mechanics, interested LGUs may visit the CHG website http://healthgovernance.weebly.com or Facebook page http://facebook.com/HealthGovernance.