(by: Florante Leano III)
Caritas Christi urget nos!
SPUP’s School of Medicine (SOM) conducted its annual Lecture Series on April 28, 2017 as a part of their advocacy to improve and sustain the quality of life of the community. Held at the Mo. Madeleine Hall, the activity highlighted the theme: “A 21st Century Approach on STI: Millennials Toward a Healthier Nation.” This year’s lecture offered a timely and relevant information about one of the most common societal issues on Sexually Transmitted Infections. Students from educational institutions like Medical Colleges of Northern Philippines (MCNP) - College of Medical Technology, Cagayan State University - College of Public Health, SPUP-BS Biology Program, SPUP-Junior High School and SPUP Senior High School participated in the said academic undertaking. Moreover, the event was also graced by the members of the ZONTA Central Tuguegarao, a women’s organization, where Dr. Geraldine Ramirez (Dean, SOM) is an active member.
Speakers from the Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office - II delivered the opening lectures in the morning session. Ms. Sheila Villamil, RN, and Dr. Guia Comillas discussed Adolescent Reproductive Health and STI-HIV101 respectively. The discussion also featured an inspirational sharing of a PLH (Person Living with HIV) on his life’s experiences having the disease. The afternoon session focused on Stress Management and Improvement of Mental Health by Ms. Teresita Lasam (a Guidance Counselor, SPUP). Both lectures included an open forum and exchange of ideas between and among the speakers and participants. The activity culminated with acknowledgement and thanksgiving to the speakers, organizers and participants.