It becomes a habit for Candon City and Candon City Mayor Ericson Singson to receive awards and recognitions from regional and national awards bodies.

City Mayor Ericson Singson was recently adjudged as ZFF Health Leadership and Governance Awardee in the awarding rites attended by top country’s health officials including outgoing DOH secretary Janette Garin and incoming Health Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial.

“I appreciate so much the recognition which I offer to my constituents as they are the reason I work so hard for their better health care,” City Mayor Singson said.

City Health Officer Narciso Ramos, Jr. received the plaque on behalf of the City Mayor as he could not attend because the award rite coincided with the sisterhood ties signing of Candon City and the city of Baguio.

The recognition is one of many awards the city has already received.

Earlier Candon City was adjudged as top three nationwide for Excellence in Kalusugang Pangkalahatan and also City Mayor Singson was chosen as one of the selected presenters for the city’s Good Governance in Maternal Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition Status during the DOH National Health Summit.

In giving the accolade, the Zuellig Family Foundation Awards Committees bestowed the recognition to City Mayor Singson because of his  personal leadership and commitment to improve the health outcomes of the city.

“Your nomination has been carefully reviewed by the ZFF Awards Committees based on stringent screening and selection criteria. These include bridging leadership competences, deployment of ownership, co-ownership and co-creation strategies to identify and address local health challenges; transformation of technical roadmaps; and status of health outcomes and indicators, such as reduction of maternal deaths.”

The ZFF said in its letter to City Mayor Singson.

City Mayor Singson was the only City Mayor awardee in region I. The other awardee was May Bernardine Belardo, Developmental Management Officer-IV of Region I, DOH representative to the city and coach of City Mayor Singson during his Health Leadership and Governance Program training and DOH Regional Director Dr. Myrna Cabotaje.

The ZFF program reached already a total of 543 municipalities, 20 cities, and 32 provinces since it started in 2008.

“I use my being a doctor by profession as good jump start in facing the enormous tasks plaguing the health sector like its governance in my first term in office. Wanting to serve best and have better comprehension of current health situation i enrolled to the appropriate training activity, Health Leadership and Governance Program, a DOH and Zuellig Foundation Family sponsored program. The training helped me best to have better grasp and understanding of the health sector situation of my city. Most important, I am now better equip to response to my city’s health needs and gained solid grounds on how to level it up. My enforcement of my learned knowledge and training resulted to major health breakthrough in the city as reflected by the positive changes which can easily be attested by the technical health roadmap and the numerous recognitions the city garnered,” the City Mayor said.