(by: Ms. Krishan Soriano, MSN)
Caritas Christi urget nos!
With theme, “Health Care Technologies and Innovations in the 4th Industrial Evolution,” St. Paul University Philippines, in partnership with the Commission on Higher Education opened the 4th International Health Congress on December 6, 2018 at the Global Center of the University.
Participated in by over 600 delegates from the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, USA, Nigeria, Vietnam and Thailand, the three-day Health Congress aimed to provide an environment of sharing of best practices in healthcare management system and education, and, to deepen understanding and application of robotics, artificial intelligence, genomics, and technology-based non-invasive treatment of diseases.
At the opening ceremonies, Sr. Merceditas O. Ang, SPC (University President) warmly welcomed the participants highlighting the 4th Industrial Revolution and its impact to health care and education. On the other hand, Dr. James Guzman, (Tuguegarao City Health Officer) also welcomed the participants on behalf of Hon. Jefferson Soriano, the Mayor of Tuguegarao City. In his remarks, he mentioned the efforts of the City Health Office in providing quality and access to health services and invited the participants to enjoy their visit in the city.
Hon. Enrique A. Tayag, (Director IV of the Knowledge Management and Information Technology Service of the Department of Health) gave a blissful keynote address showcasing the global status in health of the Philippines and the different global innovations in healthcare. He emphasized the need for networking system among healthcare facilities to boost up the accessibility and availability of health services among Filipino. As being famous for dancing in various DOH awareness campaign, Dr. Tayag, led a dance number with all the participants at the end of his talk.
Dr. Sumihare Noji, (President of Tokushima University in Japan), delivered the first plenary talk. He presented different new technologies in healthcare that could promote quality life highlighting the importance of artificial evolution such as the use of genetic modifications and artificial intelligence. He also showcased the Gryllus Project which aims to resolve food shortage problems with the production of edible crickets through insect science. Samples of the cricket bread were shared during the talk.
Dr. Christopher P. Monterola, (Head of the School of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship and Executive Managing Director of ACCeSs at the Asian Institute of Management) took the stage for the second plenary talk. He emphasized the benefits one can harness from big data analysis. He also highlighted the different programs of the Asian Institute of Management.
The first day was concluded by a welcome dinner and cultural presentations that showcased the different traditional dances of the participating local and international delegates.