DOH officials impressed with Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 April 2012 14:32

Top officials of the Department of Health (DOH) have expressed high regards on the ongoing developments in Zamboanga, as they pledged to help promote and encourage visits to the city when they return to their respective places.

Health undersecretary Nemesio Gaco said the DOH is happy to have chosen Zamboanga as the site for the National Staff Meeting (NSM) from April 17-19 for it gave him and the other guests and participants the opportunity to find out what Zamboanga City is all about.

And after a few days’ stay and tour of various sites and important landmarks as well as conversing and associating with local residents, Usec. Gaco said he is convinced that Zamboanga is indeed the place to be discovered and explored.

DOH-9 Regional Director Teogenes Baluma said holding the NSM in Zamboanga City was a wonderful opportunity. “Even though we come from different regions and places, we really feel at home here in Asia’s Latin City-La Bella Zamboanga.”

Health Assistant Secretary Enrique Tayag declared that the department has not made a mistake in choosing the city as venue for the national staff meeting.
“We love to go to Zamboanga, it’s been a long time since we came here and we did not make a mistake in holding the DOH National Staff Meeting (NSM) here,” Tayag revealed in an interview with reporters.

The NSM brought together some 300 delegates to include dignitaries from the Department of Health and chiefs of DOH-retained Hospitals from all over the Philippines. It was intended to evaluate accomplishments and to come up with policies that would improve the breakthroughs on universal health as anchored on their chosen theme: Participative Governance in KP (Kalusugan Pangkalahatan) Towards Equitable and Quality Health Care.

On the second day of the meeting on April 18, the city government hosted the fellowship night after which Mayor Lobregat ushered the DOH officials and staff to a tour to various sites in the city including Paseo del Mar and Plaza del Pilar.

The visitors expressed awe and admiration to the developments and most importantly the various attractions they saw during their tour.

Other health officials who attended the 3-day event in the city were Usec. David Lozadas, Jr., Usec. Teodoro Herbosa, Asec. Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial, and Asec. Madeleine Varela including governors from Leyte, Davao del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur. — Sheila Covarrubias