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IDinsight and the Chandler Institute of Governance deliver training programme for the Philippines Department of Health

18 August 2021

The programme focused on policy design and administration in public health for DOH professionals and leaders to expand their skills.

Manila, Philippines, 11th August 2021: The Chandler Institute of Governance (CIG) collaborated with the Philippines Department of Health (DOH) and IDinsight to design and deliver the Policy Design and Administration in Public Health training programme for 30 officers in the DOH between 4 and 11 August 2021.

Conducted over five days, the programme was designed to help emerging DOH professionals and leaders develop skillsets essential for their work. Topics included leadership within a public sector context, public policy design and implementation, as well as negotiation and conflict resolution. Participants also had the opportunity to engage in discussions on evolving public health policies in the international arena.

The programme, conducted virtually, adopted different learning approaches such as case studies, group discussions, and simulation exercises with experienced practitioners.

The programme was facilitated by experts from CIG and IDinsight. The programme started with sessions about building leadership capabilities by Mr Goh Han Teck, CIG’s leadership development expert; and public policy implementation by Mr Wu Wei Neng, CIG’s Executive Director. This was followed by sessions on evidence-based policymaking and survey tools by Ms Meg Battle, IDinsight’s Southeast Asia Regional Director and her colleagues Ms Aya Silva, Ms Kim Vidal and Ms Micah Cruz. In addition, Ms Wu Ye-Min, co-founder of Negotiation Resolution, and her colleagues Ms Jimena Leiva Roesch and Dr Rebecca E. Webber Gaudiosi hosted a session on negotiation styles with different stakeholders in the government. The programme concluded with a plenary with public health practitioner, Dr Phua Kai Hong, adjunct faculty at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

“The DOH is grateful to our partners, the Chandler Institute of Governance and IDinsight for organising the training program for emerging public health professionals and leaders in the Department of Health,” said Dr Beverly Ho; Concurrent Director IV, Health Promotion Bureau, and Disease Prevention and Control Bureau, Department of Health.

“Not only was this a unique and rare opportunity for our team to learn from world-class practice leaders, it also provided a much-needed pause for our staff, who have been hard at work since the start of the pandemic. As the training allowed for a much-needed reflection – an essential part of our leadership journey – the programme graduates are bringing in new perspectives and a better version of themselves to their work, allowing them to BE MORE and GIVE MORE.  We look forward to future collaborations like this with CIG and IDinsight.”

“We are very grateful and happy to be here to collaborate with CIG and the DOH,” said Ms Meg Battle, Southeast Asia Regional Director, IDinsight.

“We are excited to learn more and benefit from CIG’s expertise and experiences around the world. We believe in the value of strong teams and strong people, and at IDinsight, we are committed to bringing the right technical resources to bear, to help our partners in government, and other stakeholders in development work, use the right evidence to improve their policymaking. We are excited to build capacity with a focus on action and equipping DOH with the skills to transform the way they work. We are looking forward to the commitment to share and build skills together.”

“It is an honour for us at CIG to support the DOH. I am heartened by the thoughtful and active participation by the DOH officers during class discussions,” said Mr Kenneth Sim, Deputy Executive Director, Chandler Institute of Governance.

“I hope that participants will be able to put into practice what they learnt from one another, and carry forward the spirit of active engagement and collaboration in their work. I also look forward to future collaborations with our partners at the DOH and in the Philippines.”

About the Chandler Institute of Governance (CIG)

The Chandler Institute of Governance (CIG) is an international non-profit organisation, headquartered in Singapore. We believe in a world where citizens have a deep sense of trust in their governments and public institutions, and where nations are governed by principled, wise leaders supported by effective civil service. Trust and effective governance serve as a strong foundation for national development and prosperity. CIG supports governments in building government talent, leadership and public service capabilities through training programmes, research initiatives and advisory work. We are not affiliated with any national government or political party, and we do not represent any partisan or commercial interests.

For more news and information, visit or follow CIG on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn @ChandlerINST.

About the Department of Health, Philippines (DOH)

The Department of Health (DOH) is the principal health agency in the Philippines. It is responsible for ensuring access to basic public health services to all Filipinos through the provision of quality health care and regulation of providers of health goods and services.

For more information about DOH, please visit

About IDinsight
IDinsight is a global advisory, data analytics, and research organization that helps development leaders maximize their social impact. We tailor a wide range of data and evidence tools, including randomized evaluations and machine learning, to help decision-makers design effective programs and rigorously test what works to support communities. We work with governments, multilaterals, foundations, and innovative non-profit organizations in Asia and Africa. We work across a wide range of sectors, including agriculture, education, health, governance, sanitation, and financial inclusion. We have offices in Dakar, Johannesburg, Lusaka, Manila, Nairobi, New Delhi, and San Francisco.
For more information about IDinsight, please visit

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