The Department of Health – Center for Health Development Bicol (DOH-CHD) held its “DOH – CHD Kalusugang Pangkalahatan (KP) Summit and Family Day 2013” on February 14, 2013 at Hotel St. Elis in Legazpi City. This big event was attended by the heads and employees of the different health care facilities in the Bicol Region.
With its theme, “DOH on Global Stoplight: Stop, Look and Listen”, each of the participants was on their National Costume depending on their chosen country. The hotel’s theater was full of colorful and creatively crafted props and each of the country’s costume was almost perfectly don.
In addition to the night’s excitement, a Dance Presentation Contest is held and was joined by every group of the different healthcare facilities. Each dance number represents their chosen country. The contestants were, indeed, prepared and showed off their grace and creativity so as their “country” would be well-represented. The competition is fun-filled with amazement, thrill and laughter. At the end of the competition, the Malinao Treatment and Rehabilitation Center group got the First Place while the groups from STO Division and the Bicol Sanitarium got the Second and Third Places respectively, and each has their corresponding cash prizes.
The Bicol Medical Center headed by the ever dynamic Medical Center Chief, Dr. Efren SJ. Nerva, together with the BMC Blood Bank and Transfusion Service staff headed by Dr. Raymundo Ibarrientos, joined the event and performed a dance inspired from Sinulog Festival, representing the Philippines, as an intermission number. The audience was astounded by the performance especially when Dr. Nerva came out the stage and flaunted his dashing dance moves.
The gathering was a fun and fruitful night, certainly, meeting its objectives. The members of the DOH-CHD Bicol had a wonderful experience and this showed that we are ready for the global undertaking and geared up to face the challenges that we may face in the future. The Bicol Medical Center, being one and the premier healthcare facility under the Department of Health, is up for the call and will strongly stand to provide quality and globally competitive services for the Bicolanos.