ROJOSON’s bon voyage honoring for Art Pesigan
Art Pesigan as a Facilitator to ROJOSON’s Interest and Advocacy in Hospital Disaster Preparedness
A bon voyage honoring from ROJOSON to Art Pesigan (July 14, 2011)
In the summer of 1990, I completed my Master in Hospital Administration (MHA) in the University of the Philippines College of Public Health (UP-CPH).
In the first semester of school-year 1991-1992, Art Pesigan, then a faculty of UP-CPH, offered a 1-unit course in Disaster Management. This was the first course ever to be offered by the UP-CPH. When I heard about it, despite the fact that I was done with my MHA, because of my interest to learn disaster management, I enrolled.
That was my first interaction with Art Pesigan on disaster preparedness.
I tried to apply what I learned in disaster management in Manila Doctors Hospital by formulating a disaster preparedness plan for the hospital in 1992. However, the disaster preparedness program was NOT sustained until 2005 when as head of the Corporate Planning Office, I reactivated it.
Starting 2006, when Art Pesigan was already with World Health Organization Western Pacific Region in charge of the Emergency and Humanitarian Action Unit, he would invite me to his projects in disaster preparedness.
In December, 2006, he invited me to attend the consultation workshop in Subic on a module for WHO – WPRO Regional Training Course for Mass Casualty Management and Hospital Preparedness.
In 2007 and 2008, he invited me to be a Module Writer and Facilitator on Hospital Emergency Response Plan, a module for WHO – WPRO Regional Training Course for Mass Casualty Management and Hospital Preparedness; September 24-28, 2007, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and November 24-28, 2008, in Vientiane, Lao. In 2009 and 2010, I could have been a facilitator again for this course had I not begged off because of busy schedule in preparing for a new hospital (MGT Medical Center).
In 2009, he invited me to be a Module Writer and Facilitator on Training on Safe Hospitals in Disasters, a Module for WHO – WPRO Regional Training Course for Safe Hospitals in Disasters (February 2-4, 2009 in Manila and June 2-3, 2009 in Boracay).
In 2011, he again invited to be a facilitator in the Regional Training Course on “Hospital and Health Facility Emergency Exercises”in Hanoi, Vietnam (August 22-26, 2011).
Indeed, Art Pesigan facilitated my interest and advocacy in hospital disaster preparedness.
Starting this year, 2011, I will enhance my advocacy, dubbing it as Hospital Safety Promotion and Disaster Preparedness. As I embarked on this enhanced advocacy, I will have Art Pesigan in mind and will forever be grateful to him for what I am doing now in terms of my advocacy and what I have gained in terms of experience and competency as a result of his facilitation.
Thank you, Art. We will keep in touch even when you are in Kobe, Japan. We will continue to make hospitals SAFE!
ROJ honoring Art Pesigan, WHO Manila, July 8, 2011
Art Pesigan and ROJoson