As i reminisce the past, I could vividly remember the enthusiasm I had when I joined the PAMET Board of Directors 25 years ago.This zeal grew more and more each year as my longing to serve my fellow Medical Technologist transformed into a steadfast and unwavering passion. Although the experiences I have gained throughout the years have fully equipped me, I realized that the role of a PAMET President is different. A neophyte President will feel at awe yet astounded with the numerous internal and external issues of the organization. One of the most long standing issues our association is facing how to increase the salaries of Medical Technologist. It is my goal to tackel this head on with the utmost urgency. Upon further in-depth analysis, this issue is but a symptom with a much greater underlying cause.
Today, many tasks of a Medical Technologist are being performed by other professions. Once, phlebotomy is talk that is uniquely our own for we have gained expertise in the intricates of extracting blood keeping in mind the proper pre-analytical handling of the sample while taking utmost care to the patient. Now, many other professions are assigned as phlebotomist and we suffer by getting mishandled samples. The Philippine law protects our profession, yet POCT guidelines has allowed other Health professional to perform these examinations. We must keep in mind that no job or test is too small because all of which must be conducted in a standardized manner to achieve reliable results. Surprisingly, even microscopy is being done by Barangay healthcare workers. How can we inculcate to them the importance of our role in healthcare, when one by one, our tasks are being performed by others?
I urge each and everyone to join me to soar higher through V.O.I.C.E. Visibility, Oneness, Integrity, Commitment and Excellence. Visibility entails action to enlighten the world to recognize our profession. The days when we are mistaken as other healthcare professionals must end, and together we must carve a niche for ourselves for everyone to see. This is the challenge for all of us: How to find ways to get known as a profession; How to gain the attention of government officials and for them to realize the importance of our role in providing quality healthcare. We are proud to be Medical Technologist, and we must be proud to be their partners in diagnostic healthcare. If we emphasize on visibility, the Medical Technology profession will never be left out. Oneness or unity towards attaining a common goal. Together we will strive and together we will succeed. Integrity by adhering to the code of ethics and professionalism, adhering to principles that you have pledged upon to conduct yourselves at all times in a manner befitting the dignity of our profession. Commitment is "persistence with purpose". Lastly, Excellence in everything we do and upholding the highest quality that surpasses ordinary standards.
Through our VOICE, we will all succeed.
Board of Directors for 2013-2014
Romeo Joseph J. Ignacio, President | Joycelynn L. Aman, Vice – President | Mary Georgene C. Jimenez, Executive Secretary | Mark Love D. Yulores, Treasurer | Marivic C. Baniqued, Auditor | Josephine M. Agoncillo, PRO | Directors: Jose Rizal R. Dela Cruz, Bernard U. Ebuen, Virma S. Moran, Magdalena F. Natividad, Virginia D. Silvestre. Leila M. Florento, Immediate Past President | Regional Directors: Diego L. Ofiaza, Northern Luzon | Constancia M. Samarita, Southern Luzon | Rosario P. Barrido, Visayas | Richard D. Tabuniag, Mindanao