By Karl Pablo Eugenio, MD

Be a leader, Be a friend, Be of service---this is the motto of Alpha Phi Omega (APO) Fraternity, which was imbued to us as we joined them in their 5-day Medical Mission in Masbate, Romblon, and Marinduque last June 10-14, 2015.
The Medical Mission organized by APO Fraternity was in coordination with the office of Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, a prominent member of the said brotherhood. The team was composed of both APO and non-APO physicians (from Rizal Medical Center, Philippine General Hospital, and Lung Center of the Philippines), dentists, allied health care providers, and students. I was joined by Dr. Glethe Hanzel Saliendra, Dr. Charles William Santos, Dr. Ramuel Malapitan, Mr. Marc Villanueva, and Mr. Don Bolire as the Rizal Medical Center contingent. Carried by a training ship T/S Kapitan Felix Oca, we started our venture from Manila Bay to Masbate---19 hours of noteworthy escapade.

By Ramuel Malapitan, MD

All that hard work and sleepless duties deserve some first-class rest and relaxation. Last May 9, 2015, the staff of Rizal Medical Center held their summer outing at Estrellas de Mendoza Playa Resort in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas.
As early as 4 o’clock in the morning, the staff assembled at the hospital to board their team bus. Everyone was filled with delight and anticipation of a nice day at the beach as others had spent the night in the hospital just to make it to the planned departure time while others brought their own transportation to the resort.

By Carmela S. Obayan, RN

The first quarter of the year has already come to its end, but the activities for the nursing service department have just started. Four activities were accomplished before the end of March, namely The 6th Annual Nursing Service Lenten Recollection, Fire Prevention and Preparedness Seminar, the 10th Annual Blood Letting Program, The Basic Life Support Training and the DOH Nurse Certification Program.

Last July 21, 2014, Rizal Medical Center (RMC) participated in the annual skills benchmarking held at the San Lazaro Hospital (SLH) grounds. The RMC Health Emergency Response Team, led by Dr. Roel Tito Marcial, HEMS Coordinator, and Mrs. Mariles Vargas, Asst. HEMS Coordinator, together with teams from Tondo Medical Center (TMC), National Children Hospital (NCH), Philippine Heart Center (PHC) and Local Government Unit from Marikina, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon City and Navotas comprised the Green Team.

The Green Team competed in categories of Basic Life Support (BLS), Bandaging and Splinting, Carry and Transport and Triaging. This is the first time that Rizal Medical Center won 1st Place in the annual Skills Benchmarking.

Under Executive Order No. 137 dated August 10, 1999, the month of July is declared as the National Disaster Consciousness Month. All members of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) are enjoined to observe the event. The Department of Health (DOH) as member agency takes its active part through the Health Emergency Management Staff (HEMS). This year’s theme is ”Kahandaan at Kaligtasan ng Pamayanan, Pundasyon ng Kaunlaran.”The skills benchmarking is one of the activities of the yearly event participated in by DOH-retained hospitals and various local government unit response and rescue teams. This activity showcases the national and local response capabilities of each unit under the Department of Health (DOH).