Known as a leader with good track record and who plainly articulates her experiences from the heart, Mayor Lina Montilla is becoming a household name when it comes to serving as panelist in several conferences on leadership and governance, the latest of which was during the 1st Bridging Leadership International Colloquium held in Makati City on December 6-7, 2018.

In a gathering of leaders coming from various sectors of society, Mayor Montilla was one of the four mayors invited to share their experiences in bringing about change in local governance.

Other local chief executives who served as resource speakers were Mayor Joseph Evangelista of Kidapawan City, Mayor Alfredo Coro of del Carmen on Surigao del Norte, and Mayor Carolyn Fariñas of San Felipe in Zambales.

Participants in the colloquium included bridging leaders from provincial governments, business sector, academe, and Armed Forces.

Meanwhile, Synergos Chairperson Peggy Dulany headed the foreign delegates from the US, Brazil, Mexico, and Ethiopia.

Mayor Montilla shared the strengthened health system of Tacurong City as an offshoot of her enrolment to the one-year Health Leadership and Governance Program of Zuellig Family Foundation and Department of Health.

The program is anchored on Bridging Leadership Framework of Synergos, a global nonprofit organization which aims to effect a paradigm shift from traditional leadership into transformational one.

Mayors from hundreds of municipalities and cities in the country have benefited from the BL Program. For this international conference, only four mayors were selected to share their leadership journey and Montilla was one of them.

For Tacurong, the strong leadership shown by Mayor Montilla resulted to better health outcomes for the poor supported by engaged sectors and communities.

The mayor’s hands-on approach in addressing health problems paved way for the massive increase in health budget and provision of adequate health facilities for Tacurong.

“I previously thought that problems could be solved by my health personnel alone but later on, I realized that by being fully aware of the problem by engaging the stakeholders, I have a huge role to fill in finding solutions to the various problems”, Montilla said.

“Leaders should be co-owner of problems in order to find effective and appropriate solutions”, she added.

The strong health system of Tacurong paved way for the city to reap several recognitions from award-giving bodies including the award as Champion for Health Governance conferred by DOH, DILG, and Zuellig. (A. Freno-LGU Information)