The Officers and Members of the PPS Board of
Trustees, Past Presidents of the Society, distinguished guests, colleagues,
friends, good evening.
I stand before you tonight, honored, yet humbled as
the new President of the Philippine Pediatric Society, Inc. I thank you for the
trust and confidence you have given me to lead the Society for the next two
years. Tonight, I renew my commitment to serve the Board, to serve all of you,
to serve the Filipino child.
The mission of the Philippine Pediatric Society is
to provide all services to attain optimum health in all aspects of the well
being of the Filipino child. To accomplish this, it is necessary to support the
professional needs of the PPS members.
Evidence-based medicine, clinical practice
guidelines, continuing professional development, research and innovation are
important elements in achieving professional competence. Conventions,
conferences, scientific meetings, round table discussions, media and
publication are ways and means through which the members can keep up with
current health issues and updates.
When one hears all of these, we can say professional
needs have already been addressed. However, this may not be so, and this may
not be as simple as we think.
The broad range of life domains and individual
values, high expectations and performance complicate the whole picture, such
that gaps may ensue between the pediatricians’ professional role vis-à-vis
their personal intentions, their families and the community where they live.
Professional satisfaction is derived not only from
continuing education but also from a balance of equitable income, sustainable
clinical practice and successful personal and family life.
This, I believe is the biggest challenge to the new
leadership and Board of the PPS.
And in this regard, I pose the following questions:
Have we been sensitive to the needs of the general
membership? Have we asked them enough? Have we consulted them enough? Have we
listened enough? Have we cared enough? Have we done enough?
Perhaps, we will all agree, there can never be
enough, and that much more have to be done.
First and foremost, in our agenda is to ensure the
financial stability of the society, for it not, we will be unable to sustain
the programs we have started and we will be unable to pursue other projects.
The Board will continue to exhaust all investment
opportunities that will augment monthly income, cover operational expenses and
increase funds for research, training and accreditation.
Financial stability also means wise use of our
meager resources to activities that give high rates of return and benefits. We
have to identify priority programs and projects, yet simple, are most
substantive and beneficial to many. Reflective of financial stability is good
office management, efficient secretariat, in other words, good housekeeping.
Stability of the society is being able to promote
and protect the interests of its members. We will work to improve members’
benefits; an insurance coverage is in my mind. We will craft a pathway where a
member can be more and be best involved in the affairs of the society. We will
develop a just and fair regulatory mechanism in monitoring CPD, ethical
practices and implementation of policies and procedures.
We will continue to enhance disaster preparedness
training. We will reiterate our position on social issues such as smoking in
the young, global warming, child abuse and trafficking and their effects on the
children, their families and the socio-economic aspect.
We will constantly review the conduct and policies
of the Specialty Board specifically to help our graduates pass the certifying
examinations; and the Hospital Accreditation Board, to help accredited
hospitals level up their status of training, to find ways to address residents’
We should also prepare for the eventual ASEAN
integration and assess how this would impact on the medical profession in
general, and the members of the Society in particular.
The success of any society lies in a strong
collaboration and coordination with our local chapters, subspecialties and
sections, government and non-government agencies. In all of these
relationships, communication is the key! The new PPS Board promises to reach
out to you, to have more consultations with all of you, sincere dialogues, more
cooperation and more openness.
There will always be differences of opinions. But I
am pretty sure, that if we just listen to each other, we will always find a
common ground on difficult and disputable issues.
As a parting message, allow me to borrow the words
of Dr. Ronald M. Davis in his inaugural address at the American Medical
Association Annual Meeting in 2007 and I quote,
“As you and I work through
the challenges of this coming year, we need to remember the sacred
responsibility we have to our patients. We will win our battles on the big
issues, not for us, but for them. We will advance the frontiers of science and
healing, not for us, but for them. We will stand together, stronger, not for
us, but for them. For every child, every woman, every man in this nation with
so much need, with so much trust in us.” End of quote.
Sa inyo pong lahat na nagtiwala sa akin at sa bagong
Board ng PPS, maraming, maraming salamat po. Magandang gabi po sa ating lahat.