The E-Pakaammo Team composed of young and talented members of the institution bagged the first place as Most Outstanding Team for creating the first interactive online health advocacy campaign in Northern Luzon initiated by a DOH hospital which reached more than 8000 Facebook users per session, here and abroad. 

The Incident Command System was activated to monitor updates, situational awareness and execute coordination and communication among hospital employees involved in the preparedness, response, and management efforts of Covid19, the Incident Command System Team garnered the 2nd spot.  

The accreditation of MMMHMC as one of the few health facilities in the country to provide game changing benefit packages  for prematurity and low birthweight infants has placed  the institution as the lead center in neonatal care in the Northern Philippines. The Z-Benefit Package Technical Working Group for this project took the 3rd spot for their system of consistently and diligently completing all requirements so that the hospital got 100% reimbursement from PHIC. 

With its  long time running One Town, One Resident Program, the Department of  Obstetrics and Gynecology aimed to bring to far-flung areas the OB-GYN services that are not readily available in the area, thereby taking the 4th place during the event. 

For advocating and aiming to increase the census of newborn Ilocanos undergoing hearing screening prior to discharge, thereby providing accessible, effective and efficient system of hearing services, hence, promoting the right of every Ilocano newborn of a functional hearing, the Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery took the last spot for this year’s Bigkis. 

The PGS Bigkis Award also recognized the efforts of the Multisectoral Governance Committee Council (MSGC) members for being the hospital’s pillar of support during the pandemic offering their responsiveness and generosity to the hospital and the whole community.   Among the special awardees were Chairman of the MSGC and President of Northwestern University, Atty. Ferdinand S. Nicolas Northwestern University for lending their buses  for the transportation of hospital employees since March 2020 to present. Also, Bombo Radyo Station Manager, Mr. Venerando Yute of Bombo Radyo Laoag was recognized for being the media partner of the hospital in mass media health advocacy campaign. Likewise, the hospital extended its gratitude to Founder and CEO of Northpoint Alliance Motors Corporation, Mr. Johanson Chua for donating CCTV cameras for hospital’s isolation rooms and generous efforts in providing food packs for frontliners. Mayor of Municipality of San Nicolas and President of the Salun-at Foundation, Inc, Dr. Alfredo Valdez Jr. was also appreciated for offering the foundation’s account number for cash donations and providing transportation services to employees. Dr. Shirley Agrupis, President of Mariano Marcos State University was similarly recognized for offering the University Mansion as quarantine facility for hospital staff, donating Nipahol products to the hospital and providing transportation to hospital employees. Dr. Medeldorf Gaoat, Senior Board Member of the 2nd District of Ilocos Norte was also acknowledged for lending the Blue House dormitory as quarantine facility for MMMHMC employees. Lastly, recognition was also given to Ilocos Norte Governor, Hon. Matthew Marcos Manotoc for the support in setting up the 1st Molecular Biology Laboratory in the province by donating the RT PCR machine worth 5million pesos and other molecular laboratory peripherals, donation of Covid19 essential goods, provision of tents for OPD triage area and for his endless assistance to MMMHMC. 

As one of the highlights of the event, Governor Manotoc, being the Guest Speaker during the night virtually joined the awarding and extended his gratitude to all the employees of the hospital for being one with the province  in continuously combating the dreadful disease. 

As Otayza said, “I rarely heard any one fall back, all of us rose to the occasion”. Truly, the  “bigkis” signified strong ties in fulfilling a common purpose and goal-this time, to heal and recover as one. 

The event was shown live via the Official Facebook page of the Human Resource Management Section and shared by the MMMHMC-HEPO Official Facebook page garnering almost 4,000 views and counting.

- Clenntroy Vicka Guzman