DENNIS B. BATANGAN, MD, MSc (Heidelberg)
Dr. Batangan is a faculty, research scientist and member of the School of Social Science Research Council at the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU). He does research and teaches at the School of Social Sciences, School of Government, and Institute of Philippine Culture at the same university. He also teaches in two other universities in Manila and has external appointments from two universities in South Korea and two international agencies – the European Union (EU) as an independent expert, and the United Kingdom (UK) Better Health Program as a Senior Technical Specialist. A psychologist and physician by training from the University of the Philippines (UP), he finished in 1991 a post-graduate course, Masters of Science in Community Health for Developing Countries, at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Dr. Batangan finished his elementary and high school at the Our Lady of Sacred Heart Academy (OLSHA) in Guimba, Nueva Ecija, respectively, in 1974 and 1978. He started his career as a private practitioner in their family-owned Guimba Clinic then as a community physician working with different Community-Based Health Programs in Nueva Ecija and other communities in the Philippines.
He also co-founded the Bukluran ng Sikolohiyang Pilipino (BUKLOD ISIP) in UP Diliman, Community Medicine Development Foundation, Inc. (COMMED), as well as the People-Managed Health Services Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PMHSMPC). He currently sits in the Board of HealthDev Institute (HDI) and Adarna Group Foundation, Inc. (AGFI).
In the course of his academic training and professional career, he pioneered various social innovations in public and community health. In 1986, 1991, 1995, 1997 and 2012, Dr. Batangan received community health service awards from the University of the Philippines-Manila, Nueva Ecija Medical Society, Kabalikat Cooperative, University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA) and Medical Action Group (MAG), respectively.
He held various positions in different government agencies including being a Special Adviser on Health Human Resources for the Doctors to the Barrios (DTTB) Program to then Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Juan M. Flavier, and a member of the first Congressional Commission on Health. In 2018 his pioneering research team in Ateneo was recognized as one of the leading Social Innovation in Health Initiatives by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
Since 2020, he has been a member of the National eHealth Program working group jointly convened by the DOH, Department of Information, Communication and Technology (DICT) and PhilHealth; and also of the Philippine Delegation to the ASEAN eHealth Services Technical Working Group.
In 2021, his research team in Ateneo on the eHATID LGU system was one of the top three nominees to the 'TECHNICOM GAWAD 2021' under the 'Dakilang Ambag sa Imbensyon at Siyensiyang Pangkalusugan - GAWAD DAGISIK’ (Outstanding Contribution to Inventions for the Health Sciences) category, and also received a Bronze Medal from the Filipino Inventors Society under the 'Pending Patent Category' (GAWAD MANUEL GOYENA).
In 2022, a research project of Dr. Batangan with the British Embassy Manila (BEM) called 'ETSI NOVuS' was one of the twelve (12) selected global research projects from among 83 applications from 35 countries, eligible for the UK Frontier Technology Livestreaming Grant.
Starting in 2023, Dr. Batangan will be one of the Philippine leads in a European Union ERASMUS+ multi-year, multi-country project on the use of block chain technology to set up an ASEAN Microcredentialing platform for the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia.