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PINS Well Being Center

Dr. Susana M. Balingit, MD
Current Chair, Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, De LaSalle Health Sciences Institute, Dasmarinas, Cavite;
Faculty- Graduate School of UERMMMC on Asian Health Studies;

Fields Of Specialization

  1. Community-Based Health Program – program conceptualization, planning and development, training and development of Community Health and Wellness Workers; conduct and documentation of participatory research on various health issues and concerns with special emphasis on women and child health to include male and female adolescent reproductive health.
  2. Health Resource Management – planning for maximization of health resources, specially for women and children, within the context of development work; development of health training curricula; designing of participatory research and facilitation of health training; project impact evaluation and organizational diagnosis and development.
  3. Reproductive Health Consultant for Community-Based Health and Development Programs – conceptualization and designing of training modules for learning facilitators; implementing reproductive health programs in conjunction with other Health and Development work in the project areas, and implementation of participatory research.
  4. Natural Healing and Traditional Healing Methods – program/project development, training of facilitators and local program/project implementing staff.
  5. Occupational Health and Safety Management – planning and implementation of health development work in the workplace, participatory research on workplace health issues and concerns with emphasis on women’s health to include reproductive health and support for breastfeeding.
  6. Nutrition Epidemiology, Planning and Management - graduate school faculty
  7. Food and Nutrition Planning consultant for various community based socio-eco development NGOs and Disaster Response Centers – conceptualization and designing of training modules for food security programs and food package for disaster relief operations; conduct of food and taste education seminars; and conduct of kitchen clinic facilitators training seminars.
  8. Technical expertise in the utilization of indigenous food sources for the treatment of illnesses, promotion of health and wellness and the prevention of diseases through the use of various media outlets like mainstream television and radio programs, as well as independent video productions.

Educational Background

Bachelor of Science in Pre-Medicine, 1977, University of the Philippines
Doctor of Medicine, 1982, University of the East,

Post-graduate Training

Training in Orthopedic Surgery (1984), National Orthopedic Hospital
Residency Training in Anaesthesia, Critical Care Medicine, and Pain Control (1985-1987), Cardinal Santos
Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine (1988), Kanton Liestal Hospital,Basel, Switzerland
Post - Graduate Training on Occupational Health and Safety (1989), University of the Philippines
Masteral Units in Health Resource Management (1992), Association of Philippine Medical Colleges
Course on Assessing Public Health in Emergency Situations, Catholic University of Louvain, Brussels, Belgium (July 2007)

Trainings With the Department of Health

Training on Health Sector Reforms, 2008
Training on Drug Procurement and Management, Drug Regulation, 2008
Training on Strengthening Field Health Information System, 2008
Public Finance Management , 2008
Training on Rationalization Planning for 5- year Provincial Health Plan, 2008
Training on Philippine Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response, 2008

Training on 100-day Rapid Result Approach to Planning, World Bank, 2009

Work Experience

Local Reform Implementation Coordinator – (2008 –2009), European Commission- Technical Assistance for Health Sector Reforms
Executive Director (January 2003 – 2008), Sandiwaan Center for Responsible Health Care, Inc.
Reproductive Health Consultant (February 2000 – December 2002) - Women’s Health and Safe Motherhood Program – Partnerships Component
Project Team Leader (March 1999 to April 2001), The BHW CLASS Project, Save the Children/USA
Health Resource Management Specialist (February 1997 to March 1999), Associates in Rural Development, Inc.-Governance and Local Democracy Project -Palawan Community Managed Health Program
Program Consultant (June 1992 - 1997), Institute for Occupational Health and Safety Development
Health Program Officer (August 1993 - December 1995), IMIC Philippines , Inc.
Health Resource Management Consultant (June 1992 - 1994), Urban and Regional Development Consultants , Inc..
Executive Director (1989 - May 1992), AUSCULTA Service Consortium

News Features

  • Participatory research on safe motherhood practices in the Philippine Daily Inquirer;
  • Natural healing/macrobiotics in Metro Magazine and ISIS Guides to Health;
  • Guest speaker on traditional healing methods on Negosiyete (GMA) and Alas Singko y Media (ABS-CBN);
  • Environment and health issues on “Wounded Earth” (RPN-9);
  • Featured guest speaker in various TV and radio programs on women’s health issues on DZBR, DZMM, DZME, DZBB, Salamat Dok, Umagang Kay Ganda, Mareng Winnie, Jessica Soho Presents, etc.


Coordinator of Most Outstanding Health Program, which succeeded in implementing the most appropriate and sustainable development project that brought about a significant improvement of the health conditions of the people in their municipality.

  • Aborlan (Palawan) Municipal Resolution (April 1998)
  • Taytay (Palawan) Municipal Resolution (May 1998)


  • Traditional Birthing Position as a Factor in Successful Delivery, Women’s Health and Safe Motherhood Project Conducted in Bontoc, Mountain Province, 2000
  • Indigenous Knowledge and Practices on Health, A Participatory Approach, Conducted in provinces of Leyte, Mindoro Oriental, Pangasinan, Benguet and Isabela, January 2002 – July 2003


Unang Lunas sa Lugar Paggawa, A Workers’ textbook on First Aid in the Workplace, Institute of Occupational Health and Safety, 1988

Handbooks For Bhws

  • BHWs and Community Development – A BHW book for community development work
  • BHWs: Mobilizing Community for Health Development – A BHW book on appreciative community mobilization
  • BHWs : A Community Health Service Provider – A BHW book on simple and functional anatomy and physiology in aid of understanding bodily signs and symptoms of disease and the rationale of given home remedies (Done in cooperation with the Department of Health and Save the Children USA – 1999)

Handbooks For Women’s Health Workers

  • Kilos Kababaihan – A guide to mobilizing women’s health workers for women’s health and safe motherhood
  • Ang Katawan ng Babae – A book on human anatomy and physiology with male and female reproductive systems
  • Pagbubuntis at Panganganak – A book on pregnancy and delivery Done in cooperation with the Department of Health and AusAid funded Women’s Health and Safe Motherhood Program 2000
  • Balik Kalusugan sa Katutubong Paraan,A textbook on Indigenous Knowledge and Practices on Health Done in cooperation with PLAN International and Phil Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care, Inc.(PITAHC) 2003
  • Rediscovering Tradition on Health and Wellness, A health workers textbook in conducting discovery sessions on people’s stories and experiences on health and wellness, Done in cooperation with PLAN International and PITAHC 2003

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