Saturday, March 27, 2010

The 32nd Philippine College of Occupational Medicine Annual Convention

Occupational medicine, or occupational health, is an important sector of healthcare, which ensures the protection, safety, health, and welfare of all those engaged in labor/employment.

With the ever-changing work environments in the Philippines, the Philippine College of Occupational Medicine (PCOM) aptly themed their 32nd National Annual Convention as “New Trends and New Solutions: Working towards Continuous Improvement of Occupational Health Practice.”

Held for two days at the Manila Hotel (March 19 and 20), the convention featured plenary sessions that tackled subjects such as barriers to quality occupation health, providing solutions to current occupational health concerns, enhancing policy infrastructure in occupational health systems, mitigating risks in occupational health practice, ensuring best practices in occupational health, and raising the bar for services of occupational health services.

PCOM originally started as the Philippine Occupational Industrial Medical Association, with 350 members forming the provincial chapters in Baguio-Benguet, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Laguna, Southern Mindanao, and Northern Mindanao.

Today, PCOM has 17 chapters nationwide, led by its president Dr. Rustico A. Jimenez. PCOM continues to be the prime mover in the preservation, promotion, protection, and enhancement of the health, wellness, and safety of workers of all occupations, with 2,815 members working throughout the Philippines.


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