Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Leading from the Core: Morticians Discuss the Nation’s Mortuary Industry

The Philippine Mortuary Association (PMA), in cooperation with the Pacific Center for Advanced Studies, hosted the Fifth PMA Annual Convention last Feb. 8–10 in Cebu City.

With the theme “Leading from the Core,” the convention included discussion in various topics that the PMA members and morticians in general needed to know as service providers for the care of the departed. The three-day event also featured leadership forums, business-relevant exhibits, inspirational sessions from respected speakers, practice discussion from industry experts, and fellowship and recreational activities.

During the first day, Mr. Renato Tanquintic of La Funeraria Paz discussed “Surviving the trials of tragedies.” Dr. Josephie Hipolito, secretariat of the Committee of Examiners for Undertakers and Embalmers (CEUE) under the Department of Health reported the updates on policies and programs of the government regarding this business.

Other discussed in the convention included health care waste management in mortuary setting by Engr. Vicente Vosotros; “Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way,” by Mr. Jeffrey Kevin Chancellor; “Managing Perspective to Success” by Mr. Francis Kong, and the “Role of Mortuary Professionals in Philippine Disaster Protocol” by Dr. Raquel Fortun.

Over 500 members of the PMA were present in the event, which also credited 15 units to participants, as approved by the DOH, according to PMA President Mr. Renato Dychangco, Jr.


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