Municipal Leadership and Governance Program
Development Academy of the Philippines

(Tuition fee is not stated)
1-2 years

Course Description

Overview the Proram

This Certificate course is based from the design of the Municipal Leadership and Governance Program (MLGP) and from the integration of some core courses of the Masters in Public Management (MPM). It constitutes both face-to-face sessions and practicum or field work. The Certificate is issued to the Local Chief Executives and Municipal Health Officers who completed the one year Municipal Leadership and Governance Program and who met the requirements of the Masteral program. As such, this paper describes the course structure of the Certificate course. The format for the course will be as follows:

  1. Program Description
  2. Objectives
  3. Curriculum Structure
  4. Course Topics and Description
  5. Breakdown of Topics per Hour per Day
  6. Methodology
  7. Program Requirements
  8. Means of Assessment
  9. Students
  10. Faculty
  11. Conversion to Units
  12. Program Description

With the growing number of health challenges and health inequities in the Philippines today and with the intention of achieving the health targets of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, the Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) and the Department of Health (DOH) entered into a partnership in order to implement the Health Leadership and Governance Program (HLGP) to all NAPC and Non-NAPC municipalities in the country. 

HLGP is a strategic initiative targeting different stakeholders in the health sector. It aims to equip DOH Regional Offices, DOH representatives, PhilHealth Regional offices, Provincial Chief of Hospitals, Governors, PHOs, Local Chief Executives and Municipal Health Officers, with the right skills and know-hows in attaining the health targets. HLGP is the umbrella program of the following programs namely: the Health Leadership and Management for the Poor (HLMP); the Provincial Leadership and Governance for the Poor (PLGP) and the Municipal Leadership and Governance Program (MLGP). HLMP is a one-year, two module leadership program for CHDs, PhilHealth Regional Offices, DSWD Regional Office, regional and Provincial Chief of Hospital and academic partners. PLGP on the other hand is a three-year, three-module program for Governors and PHOs while MLGP is a one-year two module program for LCEs and MHOs that is supplemented by coaching and mentoring sessions from DOH-CHD during practicum. The participants are expected to improve their municipal health indicators as course deliverables, which includes engaging other local stakeholders such as the municipal health board.


At the end of the course students should be able to: 

  • Develop Leadership and Governance capabilities of local Chief Executives;
  • Develop the leadership, managerial and clinical competencies of local health officers and community health workers;
  • Support the institutionalization of responsive policies and programs that improve local health systems;
  • Increase awareness and encourage active participation and health seeking behavior in the community; and;
  • Mobilize public-private collaboration to facilitate sharing of resources and replication of best practices of sustainability

Curriculum Structure

     The Municipal Leadership and Governance Program is a one year program that constitutes a one day Final Selection Workshop; four days of Module 1 face-to-face sessions; six months Practicum/Field Work; four days of Module 2 face-to-face sessions; six months Practicum/Field Work and a one day Colloquium.

Course Outline and Description

Final Selection Workshop

A. Learning Objectives
At the end of the session students should be able:

  • To discuss the health situation in their municipality and how joining the MLGP can help them in addressing the present reality
  • To have a common understanding of the present reality on the health issues
  • To set agreements on terminal outcomes that are expected of the LGUs and the partnership
  • To listen and understand questions and how to answer them concisely
  • To ask for clarification in case there are things that are unclear for the local chief executives

B. Methodology
This is a one day session wherein students will present their leadership goals, health challenges and municipality background. Students will also undergo a panel interview and will signify their commitment to the program. 

C. Requirements

  • Baseline Roadmap
  • Municipal Health Situation Profile
  • Health Indicators
  • Training Needs Analysis
  • Leadership Goals
  • Health Challenges
  • Expectations

D. Timeframe
The Final Selection Workshop is usually scheduled one month before the first module. It is a one day activity.

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