* A message presented to the Aklan Medical Society during its induction of new officers and members held on Friday evening, September 3 at Gov. Corazon L. Cabagnot Memorial Tourism & Training Center, Old Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan by Gov. Carlito S. Marquez.
Firstly, on behalf of the province and the people of Aklan, my heartfelt thanks, and our warmest welcome to you, our inducting officer and speaker, the Philippine Medical Association National President, Dr. Oscar D. Tinio.
Let us offer our guest Dr. Oscar D. Tinio our welcome and applause.
Thank you also for joining us today, the new set of officers of our Aklan Medical Society for the year 2010 – 2011. Congratulations to the newly elected president, Dr. Oscar J. Hilario, Dr. Allyn P. Ricafuente – Vice President, Beatriz T. Yasa–Diel – Secretary, Dr. Merlita C. Bautista – Treasurer, Dr. Agnes R. Tabañar – Asst. Sec. Treas., Dr. Mary Grace B. Villaruel – Auditor, Dr. Juliet L. Macahilas – P.R.O, Dr. Rogelio G. Rivera – Protocol Officer, Dr. Leonardo Raphael M. Tayco, Jr. – CME Coordinator, Dr. Felma R. Dela Cruz – Ex–Officio member, and Dr. Cynthia C. Dela Cruz – PMA Governor for Western Visayas.
Please receive our congratulations and applause.
And of course, we also congratulate our very supportive board of directors, namely: Dr. Eileen May B. Debuque, Dr. Alma I. Dela Cruz, Dr. Velvet C. Diangson, Dr. Donald D. Dionio, Dr. Arnold I. Jaime, Dr. Feven Anthony A. Palomar, Dr. Myrtle M. Pelayo, and Dr. Lynn D. Salido.
Let us also offer our applause to the Board of Directors.
Friends, today, it inspires me to note that our most competitive and benevolent medical practitioners from all over the province actively converged to brace the Aklan Medical Society.
What also inspires us is that the Aklan Medical Society, comprised of our fellow Aklanons, had made our province and our people proud. Congratulations for bringing home, for the 4th time, PMA’s most coveted national award – the PMA Icasiano Award as Best Component Society!
Thank you also and congratulations for bannering the Aklanon flag to category 4 and winning 2nd prize for the year 2009 – 2010!
Our congratulations and applause to ourselves and to our Aklan Medical Society.
Indeed, what we had consistently achieved these past years are satisfying, surpassing achievements. Let these remarkable achievements then be an inspiring challenge to all of us, to work more, to help more, to do more, to learn more and offer more.
Volunteerism continues to be an Aklanon trait and the sense of fulfillment from rendering voluntary service to our less fortunate brothers and sisters has been compensation enough for you.
More than half a century of service is something to be truly proud of a reason for grand celebration and when seen in the light of the medical projects, free clinics, and health advocacies that the Aklan Medical Society has been undertaking during these more than five decades, the people of Aklan is, indeed, deeply indebted to the organization.
As with other local government units, the lack of adequate resources has hampered the implement-ation of our health programs thus the continuing need for the private sector to complement our efforts.
Together with Cong. Florencio T. Miraflores, Philhealth Universal Coverage program remains to be an effective way of assuring Medical Services for our poor in the face of rising medical costs.
Let me share that the number of our Philhealth members–universal coverage from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010, sponsored by the provincial government and congressional office has climbed to 24,521.
Moreover, we have 32,136 regular members where 70 percent is shouldered by the municipal LGUs and the 30 percent by the provincial LGU.
Thus, a total of 56,657 Philhealth members province wide!
May I continue to look to Aklan Medical Society’s partnership in the task of improving Aklan’s health services delivery program.
Thank you doctor – volunteers, for considering the health and the welfare, particularly of our poor. Thank you for treating them as our priority concern.
Thank you also to our other health organizations. Thank you for the blood, disaster management, safety, social, and community health services that you had consistently rendered, the beneficiaries of which are mostly our poor, our economically disadvantaged.
Again, to all of you, to our newly installed officers, thank you and congratulations!