Puericulture set for Centennial Anniversary Print
Sunday, 03 September 2017 14:24

By RG ANTONET GO

 

Zamboanga Peninsula’s only Puericulture Center, the Zamboanga Puericulture Center Org. No. 144, Inc. (ZPC) is set to celebrate its centennial anniversary on October 3. This early, the local Puericulture is already preparing several activities to mark the significant occasion.

This year’s theme for the anniversary celebration is focused on working towards excellent service.

The centennial activity started with a search for Little Mr. and Ms. Puericulture, poster making contest, essay contest, and search for Señorita de Puericultura.

There will also be an open house slated on September 28 to 29 to showcase the facilities of the Puericulture Center which includes a photo exhibit that features how the center evolved.

There will also be a forum for women on September 30 dubbed “Cuidada De Maga Mujeres” where the topics will focus on diseases affecting women. This is open for females who are interested to know more about their physical and medical health.

On October 2, a medical, dental, and bloodletting will also be conducted where the medical mission is expected to serve a minimum of 100 patients coming from the nearby area.

The anniversary will commence with a thanksgiving mass at the same time the blessing of the new multi-purpose building, motorcade, field demonstration, and grand centennial night recognizing the men and women who build puericulture thru their volunteerism, dedication, and selfless service to the people and community.

Today, the center has some 115 employees coming from the Zamboanga Maternity Lying-In Hospital, the Zamboanga Puericulture School, the Livelihood Complex, and the Zamboanga Puericulture School of Allied Medicine.

ZPC had its humble beginnings on October 3, 1971 when a group of women of the Zamboanga Women’s Club took it upon themselves to help provide maternal and child health care to the indigent members of our community. This encouraged Dr. Eusebio Aguilar and Dr. Celedonio Enriquez to help organize what was then known as the Centro de Puericultura de Zamboanga.

The Center then started to solicit donations of cash, medicines, and medical supplies which were used in operating a clinic within a carpenter’s building located at the Sunken Garden. The clinic served the needs of mostly indigent mothers and children. In 1955, the seventh President of the Philippines, Ramon Magsaysay signed Proclamation 121 Series of 1955 designating a property along La Purisima corner Pura Brillantes Streets for the use of the Center.

In 1978, a nursery school was opened with an initial population of twenty-five students. In 1982, barbeque stalls were allowed to operate within the Center’s compound in order to provide livelihood opportunities to its members where at present there are 40 stalls.

Through the years, the Center has grown to what it is today. It operates the Zamboanga Maternity Lying-In Hospital, Zamboanga Puericulture School, the Livelihood Complex, and Zamboanga Puericulture School of Allied Medicine located at Estrada Street, Tetuan.

Angelo del Castillo, Puericulture Human Resource Officer said in an interview that the facility provides mother and child care, school for the education of the children, and livelihood opportunities.

“Three in one este el serbisyo ta dale kita na Zamboanga.” Castillo stressed.

On the center’s 100 years, he assured the public that they will further improve the services and modernize the facilities especially of the hospital. (R.G. A A. Go)