The PPS South Western Mindanao Chapter recently held its 2nd induction last July 23,2016 at the Garden Orchid Hotel in Zamboanga City. National PPS president Dr. Alexander Tuazon was the inducting officer and guest of honor. The PPS-SWM chapter was founded in 2013 with charter president Dr. Fortunato Cristobal, Dr. Mario Arciaga as vice president, Dr. Wilhelmina Hocson as secretary and Dr. Leonora Que as treasurer. The newly inducted officers for 2016 are: Dr. Bernadette Santiago (President) ; Dr. Analiza Santamaria( Vice-President) ; Dr. Dino Hailil ( Secretary) ; Dr. Lito Concepcion (Asst. Secretary); Dr. Mary Ann To ( Treasurer ); and Dr. Jane Quibilan( Asst. Treasurer) .The board of directors are: Dr. Mario Gemzon, Dr. Al Habsi Hashim, Dr. Nerissa Ong, Dr. Leilyn Tan and Dr. Bernadette Macrohon.
Aside from the monthly CME lectures conducted, the PPS-SWM chapter will embark on a new radio program discussing health issues of children on air. This project is spearheaded by Dr. Mario Gemzon, CME chairman. Other CME projects that are being planned include a regional postgraduate course and a neonatal resuscitation training ( Aug. 18, 2016) which will be facilitated by neonatologist Dr.Jeffrey Masilungan, Dr.Mary Ann To and Dr.Jane Quibilan.
Yearly projects conducted with the Zamboanga City Medical Center, Dept. of Pediatrics are Regalo sa Bakunados, where all children who completed their primary immunization are given a gift.This project significantly increased the number of children vaccinated. Another yearly project is the Shoebox Christmas gift for the children at the pediatric ward at ZCMC. Physical examination of school children and free pediatric clinics are regularly being conducted. Noteworthy was the free clinic conducted during the Zamboanga seige, where PPS members bravely ventured to evacuee sites amidst the critical condition of a raging war.
Our gratitude to Dr. Bernadette Santiago and the South Western Mindanao Chapter for this article .