TACLOBAN CITY—The provincial government of Samar, led by Governor Sharee Ann Tan, participated in an executive session on Wednesday (May 22) organized by the Department of Health (DOH).

The session was part of the ‘Bayang Malusog: Provincial Leadership Development Program’, aimed at accelerating universal health care (UHC) and nutrition.

This initiative was conducted in partnership with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the University of the Philippines Manila-School of Health Sciences (UPM-SHS).

The Bayang Malusog Program supports Samar’s efforts to integrate and implement the provincewide health system under UHC and aligns with the province’s ongoing commitment to enhancing health and nutrition services for all Samarnons.

During the executive session, Gov. Tan, along with department heads and program implementers, evaluated the province’s health systems, identifying gaps and challenges in implementing UHC, nutrition, and Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR).

The session focused on applying bridging leadership competencies to address provincial health and nutrition issues through a multi-stakeholder approach, essential for resolving complex societal challenges.

After the session, the province planned to develop an action plan to address the identified challenges and implement strategies to accelerate and sustain UHC in Samar.