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IPPAO: Article of Cynthia M.Villamor on the third reappointment of Chancellor Padilla
Vision-Mission of Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla for the next three years
2014-2019 End-of-Term Report of Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla
Biosketch of Dt. Carmencita D. Padilla
Chancellor Padilla reappointed to a third term
The University of the Philippines Board of Regents (BOR) approved the reappointment of UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita Padilla for a third term at its 1354th meeting held on September 24, 2020. Padilla is the first chancellor of the UP System’s health science campus to be chosen to serve for another three years effective Nov. 1, 2020 to October 31, 2023. Her first term was served from Nov. 1, 2014 to October 31, 2017 while her second term started on Nov. 1, 2017 and will end on Oct. 31, 2020.
Padilla is recognized for her varied contributions to the founding and growth of genetics and newborn screening in the Philippines. She was conferred the title of Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology in 2008. She is Professor of the Department of Pediatrics at the UP Manila College of Medicine. Padilla is also the executive director of the Philippine Genome Center from 2011–2016, Interim Director of the Institute of Health Innovation and Translation Medicine from 2013–2014, Director of the Newborn Screening Reference Center of the UP Manila National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 2006 to 2014, and Director of the NIH’s Institute of Human Genetics from 2000 to 2010.
Since 2014 when she first assumed the chancellorship, Padilla has been transforming UP Manila as a vibrant and modern setting for teaching, learning, and working She ventured into a comprehensive program of infrastructure development and facilities upgrading, excellence in academics and research, operational efficiency for enhanced services and protection of human assets, and heightened individual and institutional extension services. She has been overseeing UP Manila’s and the UP Philippine General Hospital’s critical and timely responses to the COVID-19 pandemic since the beginning of the quarantine.
Infrastructure and Facilities
One of Padilla’s outstanding track records as UP Manila chancellor is in campus planning and development. Her six-year leadership of a campus that is relatively smaller in size than UP Diliman and UP Los Banos witnessed a total of 155 infrastructure projects with a total amount of PhP 1,908,486,703.30. Of this number, four are new construction projects that include the 19 story National Institutes of Health and Medical Sciences Building that are still ongoing; the 12-story University Library Building and the CPH building that will start construction soon. Other newly constructed buildings include the Sport Science and Wellness Center, 8- story UP Manila Dormitory, UP Manila Theater, UP Manila Student Center, buildings for SHS Palo, SHS Baler and SHS Koronadal, and several renovation projects that include laboratories, classrooms, offices, and auditoriums and lounges for the different colleges. Two additional oblations, one each for SHS Baler and SHS Koronadal, were carved and mounted.
Academic and Research Programs
Three new graduate programs were approved and offered: Ph D in the Health Sciences by Research in 2017, Ph D in the Health Sciences by Publications in 2019, and Doctor of Health Professions Education in 2020. The programs seek to provide more tracks and work opportunities for doctors and other health professionals, particularly in the fields of health researches and educational management.
Tweny three master’s programs in the different health subfields were proposed and awaiting approval while several undergraduate programs are undergoing regular revisions for updating and responsiveness to societal needs and conditions.
Moreover, UP Manila’s contributions to the country’s campaigns for better health and wellbeing for its people were exemplified by two major programs: the setting up of the First Cancer-Phenome Biobank in the country for quality and standardized biospecimens for biomedical researches and establishment of the UP Drugs of Abuse Research Laboratory (UP-DARL) that aims to develop, validate and implement a method for a comprehensive Liquid Chromatography Quadrupole Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (LC-QTOF/MS) Drugs of Abuse panel in urine samples screened by the UP National Poison Management and Control Center and educate stakeholders on the role of drug testing, and proper diagnosis and medical management of drug use and abuse in achieving a more responsive national drug control policy.
Its long-term partnership with the Department of Health led to the offering of the Master of Public Health to its Doctors to the Barrios that has trained so far a total of 200 physicians and to the Health Leadership Governance Program and Municipal Leadership Governance Program that trained local health executives on the key aspects of health governance and management.
Operational Efficiency for Enhance Services and Protection of Human Assets
Under this key area, the enhancement of the Psychosocial Wellness Network(PSWN) developed in 2016 for a mentally healthy university is the first agenda. The enhanced PSWN is a network of nine colleges, the PGH Departments of Psychiatry, Family Medicine and Pediatrics, and Office of Student Affairs that focuses on activities that promote mental health, provide programs and interventions to prevent and address mental illness among students and other constituents. Mental health awareness seminars, capacity building trainings for counselors, development of a Crisis Intervention and Postvention Protocol Manual, and a mobile application called LiftUP are some mechanisms for students and faculty to work together towards mental health prevention and management.
To help monitor the employees’ health whether those working from home or part of the skeletal force under the Covid 19 pandemic, the Bayanihan Employees Symptoms Tracking System (BESTS), a web-based application, and an online Daily Time Recording System were devised and implemented.
Rounding up the initiatives on operational efficiency were streamlined processes and faster turnaround time for all transactions through the the automated payroll system, checkless/cashless payments and collection and setting up of the Central Point of Contact with the Document Assessment Tracking System (DATS) and the Organic Office of the Bids and Awards Committee that became the Procurement Office in 2019.
A major aspect of effective and efficient daily operations is safeguarding the members from the risks and effects of disasters. For Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, the following activities were conducted: Basic Incident Command System, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Awareness, Disaster Simulation Trainings, and Mass Casualty Incident Trainings. The Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Manual for UPM and PGH, 2nd edition 2019 was prepared.
Heightened Individual and Institutional Extension Services
As academic partner of the DOH, UP Manila worked for and intensified its extension services through the implementation of the following laws: RA 11358 (National Vision Screening Act of 2019), RA 10747 (Rare Disease Act of 2016; RA 9288 (Newborn Screening Act of 2004), and
RA 9709 (Universal Newborn hearing Screening and Intervention Act of 2009).
It also contributed 25 position statements on health bills at the Senate and the House of Representatives and conducted forums to gather inputs from various stakeholders for the formulation of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Universal Health Care Act.
Meanwhile, the PGH Satellite Hospital for Sports Medicine and Wellness Phase 1 PGH Poly Clinic was established in New Clark City to service the needs of athletes during major sports events starting in the SEA Games held in Dec 2019 and nearby residents. The PGH pioneered the use of 3D printable printed prosthesis in line with efforts to be in the forefront of innovations that impact the lives of patients not only of PGH but of other hospitals
Covid-19 Pandemic Response
Padilla led UP Manila and PGH’s integrated and swift response to the Covid 19 pandemic starting in March 2020 when it launched the PGH Bayanihan Na Operations Center (PGH BNOC) as an institutionalized mechanism for donations and Covid 19-related inquiries. The launch jibed with the commence of operations of PGH as a Covid 19 referral center with 130 wards retrofitted to the needs of Covid 19 patients and the protocols for managing such patients.
Other responses were the development and roll out of a cheaper and more accurate RT-PCR Gen Amplify test for Covid 19 virus, Biosafety Training Seminars held as part of the designation of the NIH’s National Training Center for Biosafety and Biosecurity as a Training Provider for Biosafety and Biosecurity with a total of 6,400 trainees and 1,559 graduates, designation of NIH and PGH as COVID-19 testing laboratories, and participation on various researches on COVID-19. Through the UP College of Medicine Surgical and Biotechnology Innovation Laboratory (SIBOL), devices, PPEs, and decontamination mechanisms were developed with UP Diliman engineers while the RxBox telemedicine device was repurposed to monitor COVID-19 patients.
All its colleges and other units, student organizations, employees organizations, and other university and college-based groups served as conduits and channels for all kinds of assistance and services provided to Covid 19 patients and frontliners. (Cynthia M. Villamor)
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