In partnership with the Department of Health, Provincial Health Office and USAID, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos held the annual celebration of the World TB Day at the University Gym, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., March 24, 2009, with the theme “Pamahalaan at Mamamayan Laban sa TB. Kaya Mo, Kaya Ko, Laban Natin Ito.”
Fr. Bitangjol and Ms. Washington lead the release of balloons at the UNO-Recoletos Amphitheater.
UNO-R VP-Academics Fr. Raul M. Buhay, OAR, and the College of Arts and Sciences Assistant Dean Mrs. Marian Eusoya, RMT, MA, MT (ASCPi) led the welcome party at the UNO-R lobby, followed by the UBooth Launching and Ribbon Cutting with UNO-R President Fr. Sixto Bitangjol, OAR, United States Government Deputy Mission Director Ms. Elzedia Washington, and Provincial Health Officer and Provincial Medical TB Coordinator Dr. Luisa B. Efren at UNO-R.
Fr. President gave the opening remarks and presented the Overview of the UNO-R Program in solidarity with the ongoing campaign against tuberculosis. CHED-WV Regional Director Ariel Valencia, MD, MPH, CSEE introduced the Newly Organized Youth Council Against TB spearheaded by the College of Arts Youth Council Against TB: Roles and Responsibilities, Plans and Challenges were later briefly discussed by the third year Medical Technology student and Youth Council TB President Glezia Marie Perez. Interactive responses were given by the university President, Provincial Health Officer II-Negros Occidental Luisa B. Efren, MD, MATS, MPH and Deputy Mission Director Washington. Kasadyahan Dance Company presented a special dance number next, before the final closing remarks by Arts and Sciences Assistant Dean Mrs. Marian Eusoya, RMT, MA, MT. and Sciences Medical Technology Department which aims to “harmonize and strengthen youth involvement in the National Tuberculosis Control Program of the Government.”
The Ceremonial (release of balloons) marked the start of the TB Information Drive lead by the Youth Council Against TB and assisted by the UNO-R President and Advisers, DOH, and USAID.
Reports from Maria Jaycel Grace Celiz