BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson stressed the important role of doctors as partners of government in addressing the health concerns of the public particularly during this pandemic at the 42nd induction of officers of the Philippine College of Occupational Medicine (PCOM), Saturday.
The governor was guest of honor and speaker during the 18th Dr. Telesforo J. De los Reyes, Jr. Memorial Lecture at the Marapara Golf and Country Club in Bacolod City.
Lacson said health care has always been a crucial concern not just of the government, but also that of all sectors; and the present pandemic demonstrated anew the critical urgency of health care and the need for increased attention on how to prevent or, at least, minimize health risks not just in health facilities, but also in all workplaces, not only for Covid-19 but also for other diseases.
“As your governor, it is a source of assurance for me to know that your group has been promoting the health and safety of our workers for more than four decades,” Lacson said.
“As leaders of the medical community, you are partners of government. We have seen our country through periods of crisis before, and this present reversal is another opportunity for us to further unite all efforts to see our country and our people safely through this pandemic,” he added.
Meanwhile, Dr. Rafael Jocsonreceived the “Occupational Physician of Negros Occidental 2020” award, during the program.
A lecture on “The A, B, C’s of Gout” was presented by internist and rheumatologist Dr. Michael Thomas Salvador, while a virtual lecture on “Isolated Systolic Hypertension” was presented by Dr. John Alejano.
Salvador is the president of the Kanlaon Medical Society.
In his response, Adrian De los Reyes, grandson of Drs. Telesforo and Erlinda De los Reyes, thanked Lacson and all those present during the commemoration of the 18th Dr. Telesforo J. De los Reyes, Jr. Memorial Lecture, to honor his grandfather as the founding president of PCOM- Negros Occidental Chapter, 44 years ago.
“With your services, occupational physicians, our workforce have the capacity to turn the wheel of modernization and progress by taking care of their total health needs,” he said.
Lacson, meanwhile, administered the oath of office of PCOM-Negros Occidental Chapter officers for 2021-2022 led by Dr. Eden Debulgado – president, Dr. Enrique Serna, Jr. – vice president (South), Dr. Jose EdmundoGayoles – vice president (Metro Bacolod), Dr. John Alejano – vice president (North), Dr. Cecilia Salvador – secretary, Dr. Nida Isabel De la Peña – treasurer, Dr. Jose Gerardo Rivera – PRO, and Dr. Rollin Fernandez, Dr. Rudy Gonzales, Dr. Ernesto Labra, Dr. Eduardo Ordoñez, Dr. Carlos Tan, Dr. Andrea Joanne Torre, and Dr. John Dominic Trinidad, members of the Board of Directors.
Dr. Erlinda de los Reyes is the immediate past president of PCOM-Negros Occidental Chapter.*