To coincide with the 17th year founding anniversary, the Knowledge Sharing in Visayas comprised of four Philkofa/ Koica scholars from the different regions in Visayas with varied topics specifically from knowledgeand skills gained in Korea. Board of Trustee Mike Nunez, a Provincial Director of DTI-Southern Leyte who attended Competition Laws Training in 2016, was able to solicit the participation of other new PHILKOFANS as presenters for the Knowledge Sharing
Ms. Marilyn Miranda, an education supervisor at the Department of Education Regional Office and trained in Korea in 2016, one of the presenters for the Knowledge Sharing, showed how Persons with Special Needs (also known as PwDs) can be managed and given opportunities to live normal lives like office or factory personnel through proper training and education as is done in South Korea.
Ms. Sweet Mercy Pacolor, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences shared how ICT can be functional for the homes, hospitals, business and other establishments making life easier and smarter as being practiced in Korea. “Keeping all records online makes sharing possible and delivery of medical services faster and more accessible”, she said.
The third presenter was Dr. Judy Ann Dumayas, Medical Center Chief of Eastern Visayas Sanitarium, Santa Barbara Iloilo, a 2016 graduate of the Korea Training on Upgrading Delivery of Health Services for Geographically-Isolated and Distant Areas (GIDA).
Dr. Dumayas revealed the substantial assistance extended by KOICA for upgrading public health services in Iloilo such as hospital equipment amounting to PHP 300.0 million, which she proudly reported to be “well-maintained and functional”. Another salient feature of the project is the “Happy Mom Voucher” which entitles a pregnant mother to freebies such as hygiene products, baby needs and maternity clothes every time she shows up at a clinic for pre-natal check-up, meant to decrease maternal deaths.
To cap the Knowledge Sharing Session, Ms. August Melody Andong, NEDA Region-6, was well-applauded with her illustrations of self-help initiatives in rural communities following the Saemaul Undong concept. Ms. Andong spent 18 months at Yeungnam University where she obtained her Master of Saemaul Studies major in Saemaul Undong and Community Development in 2016.
After the presentation, open forum and discussion with the presenters and participants followed with BOT and VP for Luzon, Genaro Tolentino, acting as host and moderator throughout the whole activity.