In a momentous homecoming, Dr. Majah-Leah V. Ravago, president and chief executive officer of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), recently visited the Provincial Government of Bataan at the invitation of Bataan Governor Jose Enrique “Joet” Garcia, III. This visit aimed to delve into Bataan’s pioneering development initiatives, marking a significant return to her roots for Dr. Ravago, a native of the town of Samal.

Leading a delegation from DAP, Dr. Ravago was joined by Senior Vice President Magdalena L. Mendoza, Vice President Imelda C. Caluen, Director Jannis T. Montanez, and Program Manager Michelle N. Belga. The delegation was comprehensively briefed on Bataan’s robust health programs, such as the Tobacco Free Generation initiative, Hataw Takbo Bataan, and the innovative implementation of the Universal Health Care Law through PhilHealth Konsulta Primary Care Provider Network. These initiatives underscore Bataan’s steadfast commitment to the well-being of its residents.

DAP President and CEO, Dr. Majah-Leah Ravago, and Bataan Governor, Hon. Jose Enrique Garcia III, joined by officers and staff of the Development Academy of the Philippines and Provincial Government of Bataan, discussing the province’s pioneering development initiatives

Beyond health discussions, the agenda of the visit extended to Bataan’s groundbreaking governance approach, notably highlighted by the consolidation of various agencies and offices into “The Bunker,” aimed at enhancing accessibility and efficiency for the people of Bataan.

Environmental sustainability emerged as a central focus during the visit, with Bataan showcasing initiatives including the installation of solar panels in public buildings, adoption of electric vehicles, and the establishment of solar charging stations across the province.

In a remarkable display of collaboration and innovation, the delegation had the privilege of witnessing projects developed by graduates of the DAP’s Local Government Executives and Managers Class. These projects, ranging from AI-assisted barangay inspection systems to initiatives promoting environmental conservation and sustainable development, exemplify Bataan’s proactive stance in addressing local challenges. Notable projects include the Mariveles Artificial Intelligence Assisted Barangay Inspection and Monitoring System for Solid Waste Management Activities and the 1Bataan Pawikan Conservation Alliance Network (1PawiCAN).

Expressing sincere gratitude for the insightful visit, Governor Garcia extended appreciation to Dr. Ravago and the DAP delegation for their ongoing support and collaboration in driving progress and development in the province.

Ultimately, the visit served as a testament to the enduring partnership between Bataan and DAP, united in their shared vision for a prosperous future for all Bataeños.