Becoming one with the world. In the past, this was difficult to do because of limited capabilities to exchange information across nations. Then came GLOBALIZATION, the process of integration and interaction among people, companies, and governments worldwide. The influx of digital technology facilitated the phenomenon of globalization, and people realized, the world was literally at their fingertips, if these were placed on the keypad.
GLOCALIZATION was a natural after-effect of globalization as individuals scrambled to participate in the global movement. This interesting juxtaposition of global and local paved the way for adaptations, innovations, and improvements in products and services.
This year, the Philippine Pediatric Society takes on the challenges of the “global” phenomenon as it puts the spotlight on the expertise and experience of Filipino pediatricians, thus, glocalizing best practices. The worldliness of pediatric medicine in the Philippines is meant to be shared with pride to other health professionals through globalization.
Congratulations to the Department of Pediatrics of the Manila Central University-Filemon D. Tanchoco Foundation, Inc. for leading the 2020 Philippine Pediatric Society Convention, GLOCALIZING PEDIATRICS: EVIDENCE AND PRACTICES FROM A VIRTUAL PLATFORM. It is no mean feat to work against the challenges of a pandemic in mounting a convention online, a first in the society’s 73-year history. I especially laud the efforts of the Organizing Committee for coming up with a program that harmoniously blends information and technology. Truly, there are no limits to what Filipino pediatricians can do.
Keeping a safe distance from each other is unfortunately the new norm. Glocalization and globalization help us do that while allowing the dissemination and exchange of invaluable data within our ranks, and across nations.
Join us in solidarity on November 23-25, 2020 as we prove that nothing can break the Filipino pediatrician’s indefatigable spirit and quest to learn, serve and share.
Mabuhay ang PPS!
Greetings of health, wellness and safety to all.
The task of organizing the 57th Annual Convention of the Philippine Pediatric Society Inc. was both challenging and fulfilling.
Preparations kicked off in 2019 when the theme, “Glocalizing Pediatric Health Care: Global Evidence, Local Practices” was conceptualized to capture the Society’s direction for 2020. But the Covid-19 pandemic happened. The scheduled event was indefinitely postponed and the previous PPS-BOT exited. On July 2020, however, the new set of elected pediatrician-leaders decided to push through with this tradition.
The planning was executed twice over. Two different platforms were utilized. Two different program sets were crafted. Preparing though for the FIRST ever virtual convention was an entirely different experience. There was much to learn in very little time as none of us could draw from any experience in or apply any standards for conducting a convention amidst a global health crisis. But thanks to our beloved Immediate Past President, Dr. Salvacion Rodriguez-Gatchalian who initially entrusted to the Manila Central University Department of Pediatrics the lead to make this event eventually come true. We are equally thankful to our incumbent President, Dr. Joselyn Alonzo-Eusebio and PPS-BOT 2020-2022 for extending the confidence and good will started by their predecessors.
Despite the challenges encountered and the limitations surmounted, allow me to assure all our PPS members that this unprecedented virtual convention was painstakingly organized to ensure its success will not pale in comparison with the face-to-face conventions we are all accustomed to. We have partnered with Docquity to give us the avenue to bring virtual learning possible. The revised theme “Glocalizing Pediatrics: Evidence and Practices from a Virtual Platform” finally places technology on its rightful spotlight in the lives of pediatricians as it proves that technology is indeed a great equalizer of knowledge, learning, insights, and opportunities.
In behalf of the Manila Central University Department of Pediatrics, allow me to pay tribute to the members of the organizing committee for their selfless commitment and unwavering resolve towards making this convention a success. For this reason, we extend our sincerest gratitude to them as well as to the convention faculty and our corporate partners.
We will continue to “glocalize” this year, using an even more modern and innovative modality, “a virtual platform” that will allow all of us to enjoy our annual convention in the safety of our homes, workplaces, and comfort zones.
See you there!