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Zambo City's Puericulture Center now hosts school on allied medicine

Zamboanga City (September 13) -- From a kindergarten school, a lying-in hospital and a livelihood complex, the Puericulture Center is moving forward fast, as it now offers a caregiver course.

Called the Zamboanga Puericulture Center School of Allied Medicine (ZPSAM) was formally opened recently with Mayor Celso Lobregat and District I Congressman Erbie Fabian as special guests.

ZPSAM president Dr. Rodel Agbulos cited the contributions of the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat for the many developments that transpired at the Puericulture Center. "This is a result of an inspiration drawn from someone who even gone, still remains our driving force towards development, to our dear Ma'am Caling Lobregat, we again dedicate this new venture of our organization, the Zamboanga Puericulture School of Allied Medicine".

Agbulos also acknowledged the contribution and support of Mayor Celso Lobregat and Cong. Erbie Fabian, who, he said, believe in the Puericulture Center's mission in service to the city populace.

Mayor Lobregat has been bestowed the title of honorary chairman of the Puericulture Center after the demise of Mrs. Lobregat citing his role in the expansion of the hospital from one level primary hospital to two-storey secondary hospital.

Agbulos said the hospital has tremendously increased the number of patients daily, at times surpassing the 100 percent occupancy. He owed this to the hospital's concern to the members and the admission package of P2, 000 for normal delivery for Philhealth members.

According to Agbulos, the caregiver school will be able to utilize the hospital facilities, a system that would be beneficial to the students.

He also thanked Cong. Fabian for assisting the institution in terms of hospital equipment like incubator for premature babies, ECG machine and Doppler.

District I Congresswoman Beng Climaco has also promised to share her resources for the improvement of services of the Puericulture Center.

While still in its infancy, the School on Allied Medicine is aiming high, Agbulos said, as he revealed the proposed forging of a memorandum of agreement between the ZPSAM and an agency in Japan that will provide for the hiring of caregiver graduates by Japanese institutions.

The school is also networking with other agencies like the Public Employment Service Office, the Technical Education Skills and development Authority (TESDA)and other agencies for the enhancement of the school operations.

"Dreams, dreams will continue and not stop from the caregiver course in the near future you will again be invited for the launching of Puericulture Midwifery School and probably a school of nursing to evolve from this caregiver course", Agbulos declared. (CIO/PIA Z.C.) [top]

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