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Search for Outstanding Filipino Physician launched

DAGUPAN CITY, May 27 — The Department of Health (DOH) and the JCI Senate Philippines Inc. formally launched the 2011 search for The Outstanding Filipino Physician (TOFP) on Wednesday aimed at giving due recognition and honor to the country’s outstanding and dedicated doctors.

JCISP president Nelson Tan and TOFP National Chairman JCI Senator Gonzalo T. Duque, president of the Dagupan-based Lyceum Northwestern University, led JCI Senators in the media launch of the project in Manila.

Tan said that the TOFP award, started in 2007 by then Health Secretary and now Civil Service Commission Chairman Francisco T. Duque III and past JCISP president Senen Quiambao, is one way of encouraging doctors to remain in the country and serve their fellow Filipinos amidst the lucrative and very tempting offer to work in other countries.

Tan said that the criteria for the TOFP is based on the tenets of the JCI creed: “Serving and caring for our countrymen are the best works of life.”

“Certainly, many of our medical practitioners leave for abroad to earn better income, but it is totally different when you are in your own country, doing service to your fellow kababayans. There is much greater joy and fulfillment in doing good deeds than just earning bigger salaries,” TOFP chairman Duque said.

Aside from Duque, other members of the 2011 TOFP Executive Committee are: JCI Sen. Robert Kwan (St. Luke’s Medical Hospital Chairman), JCI Sen. Ramon “Dondon” Bagatsing, JCI Sen. Cesar Ochoa, JCI Sen. Emmanuel Bamba, JCI Sen. Ramon Nanadiego and JCI Sen. and TOFP 2008 Chairman Melandrew T. Velasco.

Duque stressed that this year’s search, aside from outstanding doctors in major urban centers, it will zero in on rural or community doctors –- able and willing to sacrifice and serve our countrymen who are somehow neglected in terms of proper health care and attention due to lack of medical practitioners.

For his part, Kwan vowed to further institutionalize the annual TOFP search with the creation of a foundation and institutional partners to support the noble project in honoring the country’s top doctors.

The TOFP, in the last four years, has earned a special niche in the JCI history and it has joined the league of prestigious Jaycee annual searches and awards like The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) and The Outstanding Filipinos (TOFIL). (PNA) scs/LAM/lvm/lvmicua/rma

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