DAP - Center for Strategic Futures Brochure

May 2024 Issue

Hacking Innovation to Advance Universal Healthcare in the Philippines 

Hack4Health 2024 envisions a Philippines where healthcare is not just reactive but predictive, where digital technologies pave the way for inclusive and uninterrupted health services, and where misinformation is a thing of the past. 

Hack4Health: Building Solutions for Universal Healthcare 

In a groundbreaking collaboration, the Department of Health (DOH) and the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) held the Hack4Health: Building Solutions for Universal Healthcare on May 15-17, 2024, at the DAP Conference Center (DAPCC) in Tagaytay City.  

Revolutionizing how we approach healthcare challenges, the 48-hour hackathon was not so much a competition as a platform for innovators to turn their ideas into data-driven solutions. 

Hack4healthPH is an initiative by the Futures Thinking Office (FTO) of the Department of Health (DOH), in collaboration with the Development Academy of the Philippines - Center for Strategic Futures (DAP-CSF). It aims to seek potential and emerging solutions today to ensure a resilient UHC, as well as foster improved health outcomes despite varying and possibly challenging scenarios of the future that the health sector may encounter. 

In a glimpse, the DOH aims to utilize data-driven digital technologies to enhance healthcare by preventing and predicting illnesses, ensuring seamless emergency services, combatting misinformation, improving access to medicines and services, and enhancing learning and development through interactive solutions. 

Universal Healthcare, also known as Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (KP), is the DOH’s commitment to provide every Filipino with the highest quality healthcare that is accessible, efficient, equitably distributed, adequately funded, fairly financed, and utilized by an informed and empowered public. It is a government initiative designed to guarantee affordable and high-quality health benefits for all citizens. This entails allocating sufficient resources, including healthcare professionals, facilities, and financing, to meet the healthcare needs of the population. 

Meet the Contenders 

Out of over 100 entries, the top 10 team finalists that emerged ready to take on the challenge are 1202, BAKUNAPh, GitForce,, IAI, Team Balabag, Shoetech,, Z-tech, and ZIRN. These teams coming from different parts of the country are composed of students, tech enthusiasts, professionals, and startups, who are all passionate about being catalysts for change. 

Prizes and Opportunities that Awaited 

The stakes were high, with PHP 80,000 for the 1st place winner, PHP 50,000 for 2nd place, and PHP 30,000 for 3rd place. But it was not just about the money; it was about the opportunity to make a real-world impact in healthcare. 

Aside from the cash prizes, the participants got the chance to present their solutions to the top officer of the DOH and enjoyed a free stay in Tagaytay. It was a win-win for innovators looking to make a difference. 

Meet the Winners 

Team IAI clinched the top spot with their cutting-edge technology solution "”, an FWA (fraud, waste, and abuse) detection application leveraging unified health data. The team envisions an ambitious impact of their product which, aside from the significant improvement in the healthcare services for Filipinos, is securing potential additional funding for healthcare amounting to up to 14 billion pesos. 

Team BakunaPh App secured second place with their state-of-the-art AI-powered vaccine storage system, "BAKUNAPH". The team highlights its advanced features including real-time communications, geolocation, predictive analytics, digital thermometer, camera functionality, and Artificial Intelligence, among others. 

The Third-Place winner is the team with their Stroke Tomography for Enhanced Lesion Learning Analysis ( technology. The team is confident in revolutionizing stroke diagnosis with their innovative solution. Their value proposition includes faster diagnosis, high accuracy of up to 80 percent, and a shift of focus to the treatment and rehabilitation of patients. With its significant impact on patient outcomes, demonstrates high market potential and promises to transform the landscape of stroke care. 

Hack4Health served as a dynamic platform where brilliant minds converged to harness data and digital technologies, crafting solutions that align with the core principles of Universal Healthcare: accessibility, efficiency, and quality. This momentous event will be a testament to the collective commitment to building a healthier, more inclusive future for all. 

DAP Convenes Nation-Builders in the First Smart Cities Convention

On April 18, 2024, the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), through its Center for Strategic Futures (CSF), held the first Smart Cities Convention at Marco Polo Ortigas in Pasig City. The event convened over a hundred guests from different sectors, including government executives and key smart city actors in the Philippines.

The Smart Cities Convention highlighted the official turnover of the Smart City Roadmap to the City Government of Malolos following the pilot implementation of the Linking Innovation Partners towards Accelerated Development in the Philippines (LIPAD PH) Program in the city.

Turning over of the Malolos Smart City Roadmap. Left to right: DOST III OIC-Asst. Regional Director Romeolito G. Tacbian, DOST III Regional Director Julius Caesar V. Sicat, DAP PCEO Majah-Leah V. Ravago, Malolos City Mayor Christian D. Natividad, Malolos City Vice Mayor Miguel Alberto T. Bautista, DOST III Provincial Director Angelita Q. Parungao, Malolos City Administrator Joel S. Eugenio.

Turning over of the Malolos Smart City Roadmap. Left to right: DOST III OIC-Asst. Regional Director Romeolito G. Tacbian, DOST III Regional Director Julius Caesar V. Sicat, DAP PCEO Majah-Leah V. Ravago, Malolos City Mayor Christian D. Natividad, Malolos City Vice Mayor Miguel Alberto T. Bautista, DOST III Provincial Director Angelita Q. Parungao, Malolos City Administrator Joel S. Eugenio.

EnP. Edgar M. Reyes, Jr., PhD, the Technical Lead of the project’s Smart City Assessment and Roadmap Development presented the roadmap highlights showing the current standing of the city in the six domains that determine the “smartness” of a city: People, Environment, Mobility, Economy, Living, and Governance.

Demonstrating that Malolos City is currently at Level 2, Dr. Reyes emphasized that there is a lot to be desired for the city to become a full-fledged Level 5 Smart City. He delved into the current gaps, areas for improvement, and opportunities of the city, as well as the next steps to be taken in achieving the city’s identified development goals for the next 10 years.

The turnover was followed by a Message of Commitment from the Malolos City Mayor, Hon. Atty. Christian D. Natividad:

“Our dedication to this cause stems from our firm belief in harnessing technology and innovation to enhance the quality of life for all residents. We are fully committed to leveraging the latest technologies, collaborating with stakeholders and investing resources to achieve our smart city objectives. We understand that the journey towards becoming a smart city requires diligence, collaboration and adaptability. Therefore, we pledge to work closely with all our stakeholders, including government agencies, private sector partners, academic institutions and community organizations to ensure the success of our initiatives. By prioritizing smart city development, we aim to create a vibrant, inclusive and resilient urban environment that enhances the well-being and prosperity of all our citizens, sama-sama po tayo sa pagsulong ng isang matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay.”

Through this initiative, Malolos City will be joining Santa Rosa City, Laguna in being the pioneering Smart Cities in the Philippines.

Among the solutions ideation activities of the LIPAD PH Program is #LIKHAMalolos, a citizen-sourcing, and partner pledging initiative where solutions to local development challenges were crowdsourced from the Maloleños themselves for pitching to DAP-CSF's private sector partners for city-wide deployment. The Smart Cities Convention saw the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between DAP, the Malolos LGU, and Sentrify Technologies Corporation on the development of the winning non-technology solution, Komunidad de Kalidad: a vibrant community park ideated by a BS Architecture graduate of Bulacan State University (BSU). This was followed by the recognition of the winning solutions and its proponents.

Capping the event was the ceremonial signing of the MOU for the upcoming Provincial-Level Smart Cities Assessment in Bulacan, involving five LGUs: Guiguinto, Meycauayan, Baliwag, San Jose del Monte, and Santa Maria. This initiative will be the first of its kind, and will simultaneously be piloted in these LGUs in the coming months. The MOU was signed by representatives from BSU, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Region III, DAP, and the five participating LGUs, including the Mayor of Guiguinto, Hon. Agatha Paula A. Cruz.

Ceremonial MOU signing for the Provincial-Level Smart Cities Assessment with representatives from Bulacan State University, City of Baliwag, City of San Jose del Monte, DOST Region III, Development
Academy of the Philippines, Municipality of Guiguinto, City of Meycauayan, and Municipality of Santa Maria.

The event was graced by DOST Secretary Renato Solidum, Jr. U.; Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Ivan John E. Uy; Department of Interior and Local Government-Bureau of Local Government Development (DILG-BLGD) Asst. Director Maria Angela Monica Salud Barrientos-Mamuyac; Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Asst. Secretary Clarito Alejandro D. Magsino; Department of Trade and Industry-Bureau of Industry Planning and Innovation (DTI-BIPI) Director Lilian G. Salonga; and CLIXLogic, Inc. President and CEO Charlie T. Fernando.


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