Independent Consultant for Community Development and Participatory Governance

Experience on Mediation

1997: As the private sector representative in the Provincial Health Board of Pampanga, was requested by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer to facilitate a dialogue between the Regional Office of PhilHealth in Central Luzon and the LCEs of Pampanga on the cost sharing between national government and LGUs to finance insurance coverage of the indigents in their respective municipalities. At that time, a lot of LCEs were hesitant to support the program, particularly in terms of allocating funds for the indigents. The series of meetings at the provincial capitol, sponsored by then Governor Lito Lapid, clarified all the questions and corrected the misconceptions of the LCEs leading to the eventual signing of the MOA between the LGUs and Philhealth for the implementation of the Indigent Program of the National Health Insurance Corporation in the Province of Pampanga.

As Training Facilitator in a number of trainings for DAR Personnel

Training on Mediation

Trainors’ Training on Mediation of Agrarian Reform Disputes, April 17-21, 1995, by CO-Multiversity, held in Mirador Hills, Baguio City

Professional Experiences

Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies

As Focal Resource Person for Health and Protection for the PHILSSA-Oxfam project, Assisting Poor and Vulnerable Families in Difficult Living and Caring Situation due to Death and Confirmed/ Suspected Cases of Covid-19 in Selected Areas in Metro Manila, Philippines. June 8, 2020 up to August 7, 2020

Local Government Academy –DILG

As Resource Person in the design, conduct and finalization, based on feedback of key partners, of training module on Strengthening of Barangay-Based Institutions, particularly for Barangay Peace and Order Councils; February 13 – March 2020.

As Resource Person in the design of training modules on Sangguniang Kabataan Comprehensive Barangay Youth Development Planning and Investment Programming Workshop, and conduct of the same in 3 pilot sites of the National Youth Commission, namely, Mt. Province, Aklan and South Cotabato, from September to November 25, 2019.

Integrative Competitive Intelligence Asia, Inc.

As Project Team Leader for the UNICEF-funded “Conduct of Assessment of UNICEF Programme on Improving Access to Assistive Technology and Services for Children with Disabilities”, as piloted in two Regional Hospitals, one in NCR and another in Davao. Lessons from this initial experience shall serve as foundation for replication in other health care facilities/hospitals in the future. Likewise, it shall serve as resource for learning and accountability in the implementation of programs to improve healthcare for CWD in DOH and its attached agencies (i.e. PhilHealth) and service delivery networks in general, as well as the developmental partners. The research was conducted from July 2018 to June 2019.

As Resource Person for Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI) Learning Session for Manila and Taguig City for the implementation of the UNICEF-funded project entitled “Qualitative Research and Social Mobilization for EPI in Highly Urbanized Areas of Taguig and Manila. This also Involved the design of module for and the conduct of training of potential community champions for EPI. June 12-16, 2017

Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD)

As Research Project Manager of HEALTHDEV Institute’s PhilHealth Commissioned study on “The Determination of PhilHealth’s Leadership Index using an In-house Developed Competency Assessment Tool Covering its Formal and Informal Leaders as of February 2016 (Study Number:2016-020- Libunao_Leadership Index-01) from February to July 2017.

ILO Manila

As Project Manager of HEALTHDEV Institute in the implementation of Nutrition Security and Maternity Protection (NSMP) through Exclusive and Continued Breastfeeding (ECBF) Promotion in the Workplace. This involved the development of the NSMP Toolkit for ECBF Promotion in the Workplace which was published by the ILO, as well as the design and implementation of Training of Trainors on the use of the NSMP Toolkit among the leaders of the Alliance of Workers in the Informal Sectors (ALLWIES) and their respective government partners in the 12 regions of the country.

National Anti Poverty Commission (NAPC)

Design and conduct of Training of Trainors from 10 provinces in the 6 UNFPA regions on ”Mainstreaming population and development issues in the Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan – Bottom-up Budgeting (LPRAPBUB) as part of the Linking Population/RH/Gender to Poverty-Reduction Projects (A UNFPA 7th Country Program of Assistance); August 16 – December 15, 2012

Conduct of Baseline study on previous and existing programmes, interventions and services that promote the practice of Exclusive and Continued Breastfeeding (EBF), maternity protection and other related initiatives for workers in the informal economy sector of the 3 Joint Project areas of the MDGF Ensuring Food Security and Nutrition for Children 0-24 Months in the Philippines (Iloilo City, Naga City and Zamboanga City), October 1 – December 15, 2011

PHILDHRRA (Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas), for the Local Government Academy

Short-Term Technical Assistance as team member of Training Consultants for the Strengthening of the Local Special Bodies (LSB) component of the Vigilance to Volunteerism: A Program Intensifying People’s Engagement in Local Governance (V2V PIPELOG). It involved the development of a training program that aims to capacitate the code-mandated LSB members on the value of participatory local governance as the ‘common message’ of the training and salient features of the Local Government Code (LGC) focusing on the CSO representation in LSBs and the role and responsibilities of the LSBs. October 1 to November 30, 2011

UNICEF Philippines

Design, conduct and documentation of the one-day Stakeholders Workshop on the Development of Infant and Young Children Feeding (IYCF) Counselling cards through the MDGF203O project. The workshop attendees included UNCT focal person, representatives of the National Government Partners (DOH-NNC, DOHNCHP, DOH-NCDPC), MDG-FEBWF Sub-TWG members from ECOP and ALLWEIS, MDG-F 2030 Project Management Unit (NNC, FAO and ILO), as well as CSO representatives.
August 22 to September 2, 2011.

ANSA-EAP (Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific)

Provided Mentoring services to 2 NGOs in Mongolia under the WHO-funded Social Accountability Learning-in-Action Program (SAcLAPMongolia), – ▪ Accountable Partnership Project of Dashin Dem Foundation in Ulaanbaatar
City which aimed to develop, test and introduce partnership model to mainstream social accountability in ensuring accessibility of quality health services.
▪ Improving Health Service using Citizen’s Score Card for Maternity House (Facility) No. 1 and 2 Project in Ulaanbaatar by the Voters’ Education Center and Women’s Movement (VEC)
March to August 2011

FETPAFI (Field Epidemiology Training Program Alumni Foundation, Inc.)

Short-Term Technical Assistance as Facilitator in the Final Review and Revision of the Operational Manual for the PPSP Roll-Out, A Writeshop by Experts, October 27-28, 2010

Chemonics International for the PBSP TB-LINC Projects
As LGU Advisor for Local TB Program Policy Development and Resource Mobilization for the Province of Pangasinan; March 26, 2010 to July 30, 2010

Conduct and documentation of Field Research Component of the Hospital and Physician Rate Analysis for the PhilHealth Benefit Delivery Review; May 22 – August 31, 2009

Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health

Mentor on Leadership Formation of 4 Medical Students Batch 2013 , SY 2008- 2009 to SY 2012-2013

Facilitator: Summer Leadership Training for Batch 2012 of medical students, 2008

USAID-Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Manila

Series of Short-Term Technical Assistance as Facilitator for a number of LGU Health Assessment and Planning Workshop under the Local Enhancement and Development (LEAD) for Health Project in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao (November 2004 to March 2006

USAID-Academy for Educational Development (AED), Manila

Short-Term Technical Assistance as Resource Person/Facilitator for the Network Development Workshop for Interfaith Organizations and SAFE-FP Network of Region 3 held at Century Resort Hotel in Balibago, Angeles City (July 20-22, 2006); and for Strengthening Partnerships for the Enhancement of FP/RH Advocacy in Pampanga Project under the USAID funded TSAP Project February 1 - July 31 2005

Educational Background

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Santo Tomas, Manila 1974-1979

Mentoring for Organizational Excellence: Developing an Institutional Mentoring Framework: Benchmarking of Workplace Learning and Development Practices, an Australia Awards Fellowship Program, held in Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney, September 29 to October 19, 2013

Distance Learning Course on Disaster Nursing and Emergency Response, offered through the Global Learning Network at the Global Distance Learning Center, Asian Institute of Management, Makati City, May 7-8, 2012.

Workshop on Initiating Dialogue for Total Quality Management in Programme Planning and Evaluation in Social Sector, November 22-24, 2001 held in Pune, India

Group Training Course for Participatory Rural Development by Kansai NGO Council at Osaka International Centre, organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency under the International Cooperation Programme of the Government of Japan, June 30 to July 30, 1999

International Conference on Social Welfare, Berlin, Germany 1988

Post-Graduate Certificate Course on Occupational Safety and Health, UP Public Health, 1987


ROSEMARIE JOHNSON-HERRERA is a nurse by profession who has been involved in Social Development Work for the past 40 years, 30 years of which in a managerial position. While still in college, she co-founded in 1979 Lingap para sa Kalusugan ng Sambayanan (LIKAS) with other students and young professionals in the field of health who all wanted to make a difference in the health care delivery system of the country. LIKAS, Inc, a non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization continue to this day to implement participatory and integrated community health development projects in partnership with different stakeholders in the Bicol Region.

She was also one of the founders of the Health Alternatives for Total Human Development (HEALTHDEV) Institute, which evolved from the urban health program of LIKAS that she headed from 1985 to 1990. With the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991, she coordinated HEALTHDEV’s relief and rehabilitation project from 1992-1994, which eventually gave birth to Nutrition and Livelihood Resource Center, Inc. (NUTRLINC) in 1996 where she served as Executive Director till 2007. Through her leadership, NUTRILINC actively engaged the local government units of Pampanga, as well as the regional offices of the DSWD, DAR and DA for the effective implementation of NUTRILINC’s Sustainable Integrated and Nutrition Project in Pinatubo Affected Areas or SINEPA Project. During this period, she served as Private Sector Representative to the Provincial Health Board for 3 terms, as well as in the Municipal Nutrition Committees of Magalang and San Fernando, Pampanga. She was also elected as Private Sector for Health in the Regional Development Council of Central Luzon for 3 terms, where she championed the causes of women and children. She then returned to HEALTHDEV as Associate Director from 2011 to 2013, then served as its Executive Director from January 2013 to December 2018. HEALTHDEV is an NGO that has supported organized groups and communities in the active pursuit of good health and well-being through capability-building and researches towards participatory health governance.