Prof. Edna F. Valenzuela, Program Chair of the Health Care Services (HCS) of Laguna University attended the 27th Annual Convention of the Association of Philippine Schools of Midwifery, Inc. (APSOM) held at Manila Grand Opera Hotel, Sta. Cruz, Manila on May 8-9, 2017.
With the aim of the three pillars of the midwifery profession, Education, Regulation and Association ( ERA) to partner with the Department of Health (DOH) in bringing midwifery health services closer to the doorsteps of the Filipinos, especially the poorest of the household, the 2-day convention highlighted the response of the midwifery education to the call of the country’s health agenda from 2016 – 2022.
The first day started with the opening ceremony which consisted of the opening prayer, singing of the National Anthem and the introduction of the participants.
The first discussant, Mrs Zenaida Recidorio, RN, MPH, Program Manager of Safe Motherhood of DOH, tackled the topic “Taking Steps Towards Safe Motherhood. Ms. Patricia M. Gomez, RM, MCHS, Executive Director of Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines (IMAP), comprehensively lectured on “The Role of Professional Association towards Quality Midwifery Education.” After her talk, lunch break followed.
To start the afternoon session, Dr. Carmelita Canila, MPA, Faculty, College of Public Health, University of the Philippines, discussed the topic, “School owned Birthing Clinic as part of the Service Delivery Network.” Enlightening the participants in several topics relevant to the theme, were Anthony Calibo, B.S.PH, MD, DPPS, Medical Specialist 1V- Newborn Care Program Manager for Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) and Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) Children’s Health Development Division of DOH, who gave a thorough view of “ Nutrition for Pregnant and Lactating Mothers and Infant and Young Child Feeding. Hon. Lolita V. Dicang, RM, PhD, member, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Board of Midwifery, dwelled on the topic R.A. 7392: Implementing Rules and Regulations, Miss Ruth Castro, MAN, ASCOM former president, talked on “ Strengthening the Practice of Professional Ethics.
After the tedious afternoon session, a socialization dinner party was held.
The 2nd day started with a morning praise followed by a recapitulation of the first day activities.
A parallel session on Curriculum Management for Deans and Principals and Skills Enhancement sessions for coordinators and faculty members were conducted from 8:30a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
For the Deans and Principals group, Dr. Amelia Biglete, Director IV, Commission on Higher Education Office of Standards and Program Development (CHED-OPSD), explained the “Credit Transfer of Previous Experiences and Learning.” Dr. Alejandro San Pedro, FPOGS, Chairman, PRC- Board of Midwifery, focused on “PRC Test Framework”. Ms. Erlyn A. Sana, PhD, Dean UP-NTTC, enlightened the group with her discussion on “ Outcomes Based Education Test Construction. The last speaker, Ms. Maria Conception Aslor, MAN, member, CHED-TC MIDE, focused on “Affiliation Guidelines” in her lecture.
On the side of the coordinators and faculty members, emphasis was given in “Skills Enhancement” sessions. APSOM trainers handled the following topics:
- Patient safety practice
- Basic newborn resuscitation
- Internal examination
The afternoon session covered the following topics RA 10912: Continuing Professional Development Law by Dr. Alejandro R. San Pedro, FPOGS, Chairman, PRC Board of Midwifery. “K-12-Ready Midwifery Curriculum by Maria Teresa C. Padilla, MAED, MAN. The lectures were followed by the President’s Report and future of APSOM.
The closing ceremony followed at 3:30 p.m.
More than 200 delegates from the 229 midwifery schools in the country attended the convention with the theme “ Education Regulation and Association (ERA) : Converging Towards Health for All.