Health workers from the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC) here brought a new twist to Flores de Mayo last May 21, 2019, by highlighting public health advocacies during the celebration.
In her opening speech during the event, Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza, Medical Center Chief II, upheld that the Flores de Mayo celebration of the MMMH&MC focused on the plight of the poor and marginalized and how they can easily access the various services of MMMH&MC.

“In our daily role as ambassadors for health, this celebration is our unique and engaging way to promote our [health] programs and bring our message of hope and unity in the community,” Dr. Otayza emphasized.

Nutrition Support ClinicTB DOTSAdolescent Health ProgramAnimal Bite
The celebration included a pageant-like Santa Cruzan procession wherein the eight (8) pairs of participating health workers paraded around the city while carrying their custom-made arches with designs that highlighted their public health advocacies such as Newborn Screening and Newborn Hearing Test, Human Milk Banking/Kangaroo Mother Care, EINC and Breastfeeding, Adolescent Health Program, Animal Bite Treatment Center, Nutrition Support Clinic, Voluntary Blood Donation. TB-DOTS and Mental Health Awareness Program.


Flores De Mayo
After the parade, the health workers were given the chance to speak about their advocacies, the ways to achieve these goals, and reach out to the public.
The winning pair, doctors Karl Alvin Corpuz and Vernie Constantino, advocated for the establishment of a nutrition support clinic in the hospital which shall ensure the delivery of vital nutritional needs to Ilocanos, specially the poor and marginalized.
Mr. Jhey-ar O. Mangati, MMMH&MC’s Health Education and Promotions Officer, in an interview also mentioned that the event is also the Hospital’s way of preparing for the upcoming inter-Regional Department of Health (DOH)-Hospital Friendship Games to be held in Tuguegarao City. The games shall be participated by DOH-retained hospitals from Regions 1 & 2 and CAR.
“We are looking forward to the friendship games as this is also an opportunity for every DOH retained hospital across Northern Luzon to strengthen linkages and referral system benefiting our thousands of patients to easily have access to quality and effective health care services,” said Mangati.
In November 2018, the MMMH&MC passed the compliance stage and bagged the Gold Governance Trailblazer Award as part of its efforts under the Performance Governance System which ensures that government services are being brought closer to the Filipinos.

---John Michael Mugas