Western Pacific Region

The IWG Western Pacific Region aims to advocate for sound health policies and health systems innovations, analyze health systems issues, translate health systems-related knowledge for the public, spark discussions on health systems issues among emerging leaders, and generate local research on health systems issues.

Faye Roderos is a steering committee representative for the Western Pacific Region and is residing in the Philippines. Faye is an occupational therapy educator and clinician by profession. She is currently completing her MA in Health Policy Studies in the University of the Philippines Manila. Her policy and research interests are in mental health, community health, and inclusion.

Tricia Palola is a steering committee representative for the Western Pacific Region currently residing in the Philippines. She holds a nursing degree and is currently teaching community health and research in the nursing academe. She is pursuing her MA in Health Policy Studies in the University of the Philippines Manila. Her research interests are in sexual and reproductive health focusing on STD and cervical cancer prevention, adolescent health and immunization.

Ma. Stella Osorio has been in policy analysis, research and development since 2015 focusing on disaster risk reduction and management in health, antimicrobial resistance, mental health, and informal labor and employment. Her experience working in a multisector environment – government, private, non-government, academic and development organizations, gained her solid track record on the pharmaceutical health care system, strategic planning, project & account management, scientific/medical affairs, public health diplomacy, including medical writing, medical advertisements’ review, and standard operating procedure lifecycle management. Stella has been instrumental in the development of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No.11036 otherwise known as the Mental Health Act, and in redesigning the National Mental Health Program for the Philippines. Her current function as a Technical Coordinator at the World Health Organization Philippines is on the country’s Covid-19 response. Stella is a licensed nurse and also has a diploma specializing on research and development management. She hopes to finish Master of Arts in Health Policy Studies at the University of the Philippines Manila by 2021. With her grounded experience, she hopes to contribute as a Regional Committee member of the IWG Western Pacific Region.

Maria Fatima A. Villena or Jofti is a regional leader for the Western Pacific Region. She is an AB Mass Communication major in Broadcasting graduate and currently pursuing her MA in Health Policy Studies at the University of the Philippines Manila. She has been in the development field for 20 years and did project management and technical consultancy for various advocacies (e.g., economic justice: debt, financialization and privatization; climate justice; and recently, health justice) and NGOs. Jofti is a PLWNCD, freelance consultant, health writer and policy analyst advocate. Her research interests are on primary health care, community health, local health systems, indigenous healthcare, health communication, health promotion, primordial prevention, social-economic determinants of health (particularly food and agriculture, road safety and urban health, occupational health).

Nurse Reiner is a regional leader for the Western Pacific Region. He is pursuing a graduate degree in health policy at the University of the Philippines Manila. He is currently involved in the development and review of benefit packages and provider payment policies of PhilHealth, the agency administering the Philippines’ National Health Insurance Program. His research interests include human resources for health, health financing, and advanced practice nursing.

Rodley Carza is one of the regional leaders of the IWG Western Pacific Region from the Philippines. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the Far Eastern University – Manila, and a Master’s of Public Health degree from the University of Philippines Manila, where he is also currently taking his Masters of Arts in Health Policy Studies degree. He is one of the pioneer Health Policy and Systems Research fellow of the Department of Health Philippines and has worked on a wide array of projects involving health research management, public health services, health systems development, health financing and health in all policies. He currently serves as the Head of the Policy and Technology Division of the Department’s Health Promotion Bureau working on healthy behavior policies, health impact assessment and participatory action research.