University of Philippines Manila

Celebrating the success of PH’s new midwife leaders

The UP College of Nursing (UPCN) held the completion ceremony of the second batch for the “Leadership Development Course for Midwives” (LDCM) on July 10, 2023 at the UPCN Auditorium. The four-week course filled with blended activities and modules graduated 49 midwife leaders.

UPCN Dean Sheila R. Bonito, opened the ceremony by acknowledging the invaluable contributions of midwife leaders to our country.

Johanna S. Banzon, Director IV of the Dept of Health Health Human Resource Development Bureau, underscored the importance of the leadership course and how it equips midwives to assume leadership roles in Maternal and Newborn Health Care. For her part, UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla highlighted the pivotal role of midwife leaders as change agents in implementing the Universal Healthcare Law and commended the course for empowering midwives to serve the marginalized sectors and to serve as mentors to the next generation of midwives in prioritizing community health.

Yves M. Angeles, LDCM Batch 2 representative, cited the invaluable contributions of midwives to our health system manifested by their dedication to the profession despite the numerous challenges they face. Patricia Mines Gomez, executive director of the Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines, was one of the presenters of the course completers and recipients of special awards.

Efrelyn A. Lellamo, LDCM project coordinator, congratulated and recognized the midwives’ tremendous efforts in saving millions of lives each year. Julienne Ivan D. Soberano, UPCN faculty, kept the lively spirit of celebration as the master of ceremony.


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