IN an effort to address shortage of medical technologists (Med Techs) in the country, the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (Pamet) is encouraging students, through a scholarship program, to take up medical technology course as Med Tech profession is highly in demand in the labor market.
Romeo Ignacio, Pamet president, said the scholarship is a great a venue to encourage incoming freshmen students to take up medical technology course as Med Techs from the Philippines are in high demand because of the industry’s emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of disease.
“There is a shortage of medical technologists in the Philippines. It’s very seldom that people talk about Med Techs and know what we really do, that is why we thought of this advocacy,” Ignacio said during a round table discussion with various media representatives on Friday at The Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City.
“Hospitals and laboratories in the United States find it cheaper to send some of their core and non-core medical processes overseas, the Philippines’ medical sector is growing by the day. Filipinos have a huge pool of highly skilled medical technology professionals with the ability to work with people of different ethnicities,” Igancio added.
Medical technology is designed to prepare students for work in a hospital or at the industrial laboratory after graduation. The Med Techs perform life-saving laboratory tests on urine, blood saliva and scrapped cells.
In August this year, the Commission on Higher Education identified medical technology course as one of the in-demand and hard-to-fill jobs. This is based on manpower demand for 2011-2015 and the labor market study of the Department of Labor and Employment.
To fill this gap, the number antibacterial soap Safeguard continue to support Pamet’s advocacy by providing a scholarship program to financially challenged yet deserving students who wanted to pursue a career in the field of medical technology.
Safeguard has been providing scholarship for almost 25 years. To date, the Procter and Gamble (P&G) has awarded more than 305 scholarships to needy students nationwide.
“We aim to support the country’s most promising, underprivileged medical technology students and develop them into tomorrow’s healthcare leaders. Safeguard and Pamet share the same mission of raising awareness about skin germ protection among Filipinos,” Clint Navales, P&G country communications leader, said.
“We believe that it’s not acceptable for someone who has a dream of becoming a medical technologist to not pursue that dream. We are slowly fulfilling this dream for these students. This is a celebration of the passion and commitment of the students to pursue their dreams,” Navales added.
Also on Friday, Safeguard and Pamet welcomed the new batch [15 students] of medical technology scholars from all over the country who are recognized for their academic achievements, leadership skills, as well as having sincere vision to raise awareness on the importance of the medical technology profession in the country.
This year’s recipients of the scholarship are Kendra Mariz Alo (Riverside College), Jiovanni Diaz (University of Baguio), Mark Joseph Palec (Far Eastern University), Mark Anthony Magboo (Lyceum University of the Philippines-Batangas), Bromarie Olarte (University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos), Allyssa Camille Malicdem (Lyceum University of the Philippines-Batangas), Elaine Lacza (our Lady of Fatima University-Valenzuela), Javee Merz Loria (St. Alexius College), Ariane Fae Hernandez (Lyceum University of the Philippines-Batangas), Ariane Joy Lacorte (Lyceum University of the Philippines-Batangas), FeteJohn Abrencillo (Calayan Educational Foundation Inc.), Carisse Carbungco (Angeles University Foundation), Mery Darlene Atienza (Lyceum University of the Philippines-Batangas), Janeth Isip (Angeles University Foundation), and Marianne Lavina (San Juan De Dios Educational Foundation, Inc.) NEIL A. ALCOBER