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Padilla’s two projects cited as Gawad Pangulo awardees for excellence in public service

UP Visayas’ College of Arts and Sciences and College of Management bagged the 2017 Gawad Pangulo for Excellence in Public Service for the projects “Capability-building Program on Bridging Leadership (BL) Towards Poverty Alleviation and Inclusive Development ” and “Evidence-based Planning for Resilient Local Health Systems (rEBaP),” on December 5, 2017 at UP Diliman, Quezon City. Project Leader Dr. Philip Ian P. Padila received the award from President Danilo Concepcion.

“Bridging Leadership (BL) is a novel and comprehensive leadership approach to enable development leaders and primary stakeholders to respond to the complex social (health, food security and nutrition, education, rural development/livelihood, gender and development, and housing) inequities that continue to beset Philippine Communities. The program emphasized the role of good leadership and governance in bringing about effective and sustainable changes in the delivery of services to the community. It underscored the processes of ownership and co-creation of the development issues and problems and co-creation of the solutions deemed vital in achieving better social outcomes for the poor.”

The rEBaP project, on the other hand, was implemented in 50 Yolanda-affected municipalities in Leyte, Samar, Iloilo, and Cebu. It was in response to the urgent need to improve the resilience of local health systems in order to achieve long term improved ability to withstand and effectively respond to emergencies. Through the rEBaP Project, UNICEF and its partners delivered technical assistance and aided in the completion of 50 Health Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Plans (HEPRRPs). Such plans were adopted and budgeted accordingly. This resulted in improved health outcomes, specifically in emergency response. The project was also envisioned to significantly reduce disaster related mortality and morbidity, limit economic impact of disasters, and increase community resiliency.

Dr. Philip Ian P. Padilla, Prof. Mary Ann F. Naragdao, Dr. Marshaley J. Baquiano, Dr. Calvin S. de los Reyes, Prof. Johnrev B. Guilaran, Ms. Gertrudes Mikee S. Cañonero, Ms. Dorothy Rose S. Sarangaya, and Mr. Darry Markonikov T. Ferrer composed the Team of UPV in this project. (IPO)

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