SHANGHAI DECLARATION | Davao City vows to make bold political choices for health

December 10, 2016 By

Davao City has joined other cities from 129 countries that signed a declaration promoting health in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals agenda.

Davao was the only Mindanao city and only one of the two Philippine cities invited to attend the event held in Shanghai recently. The other was Bataan’s Balanga City.

“We express our firm determination to make bold political choices for health,” the declaration said.

Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, who was tasked by Mayor Inday Sara Duterte to represented her, noted that Davao committed to actively promote good governance in health and support the agenda for sustainable development.

The Shanghai Declaration states that cities commit to the five principles of Healthy Cities: integrate health as a core consideration in all policies; to address all social, economic and environmental determinants of health; to promote strong community engagement; to reorient health and social services and to assess and monitor well-being, disease burden and health determinants.

“Through this event, we agreed to commit to Shanghai’s agenda to strengthen the health promotion in our city to ensure the healthy lives of the Dabawenyos,” Villafuerte said.

The promotion of public health is one of the 10 priorities of Mayor Inday Duterte.

Under the declaration, the cities committed to ensure clean drinking water for the public, deliver the basic needs of the people, eliminate all forms of pollution by promoting clean energy, prioritize policies that will ensure the health and welfare of children and women, improve the health and quality of life of the urban poor and informal settlers.

The declaration covers the aggressive campaign for the protection of people living with HIV-Aids, persons with disabilities, and the elderly. CIO