Friday, June 24, 2016


May 14, 2016 was another unique day for the CMZ BRAngay Project since the CMZ Breast Wellness Center joined the Huggies BUNTIS CONGRESS!
Ms. Anna Berza (Kimberly Clark Customer Development Manager), Dr. Filipinas Rojo (Ciudad Medical Zamboanga), Ms. Pilar Rojo (Vicky's Marketing) and Ms. Sarah Lacaba (Senior Customer Development Manager)
The day is a tribute to pregnant women here in Zamboanga City with lectures on Prenatal Check-up, Breast Cancer Awareness, fun and games, opportunities to win prizes and lots of freebies after the program! 

There were photo-booths....

Breast Screening...

Lecture on Pre-Natal Care by Dr. Glenda Natividad

Games..."Make Me A Baby"

Lecture on Breast Cancer Awareness by Dr. Filipinas Rojo
It was an opportune time for CMZ BWC to present to this gathering of women, the video on Breast Cancer Awareness by I Can Serve, plus, several pearls regarding breast wellness and breast cancer awareness were shared to the women especially on Breast Self Examination. 

Games... "Diaper Changing Contest" with Moms and Dads
Raffles...with Ms. Anna Berza and Ms. Sarah Lacaba of Huggies (Kimberly Clark), the main sponsor of the Buntis Congress!

Lots of freebies from Kimberly Clark and the co-sponsors...

This was a fun and fruitful day for the pregnant women and their husbands and most of all, a learning experience!

This is indeed a very innovative way to share varied valuable information to pregnant women and their partners, hopefully leading to pleasant pregnancy experience!!!

Thank you from the CMZ-Breast Wellness Center!


This is a SPECIAL CMZ BRAngay activity on INTRAPARTUM HEMORRHAGE by Dr. Suzette Montuno and HYPERTENSION in PREGNANCY by Dr. Glenda Granaderos - Natividad to the healthcare workers of TETUAN HEALTH DISTRICT (Tetuan-Tugbungan-Sta. Cruz) specifically doctors, nurses, midwives and barangay health workers. 

The participants of this activity will receive a certificate of attendance from the Philippine Obstetric and Gynecologic Society (POGS).
This activity is spearheaded by Ciudad Medical Zamboanga
and Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS) ZC Chapter, wherein the private sector also contributes to help lower Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in Zamboanga City.

Here are photos taken during the activity:
HYPERTENSION in PREGNANCY by Dr. Glenda Granaderos - Natividad

HYPERTENSION in PREGNANCY by Dr. Glenda Granaderos - Natividad
HYPERTENSION in PREGNANCY by Dr. Glenda Granaderos - Natividad

Dr. Filipinas Rojo of the CMZ Breast Wellness Center presented the I CAN SERVE Video on Breast Cancer Awareness with host, Dawn Zulueta to refresh the participants as well as reminded them of the important messages such as: "Love your breasts. Have them checked." and " Early detection and treatment save lives."

This group was the very first recipient of the CMZ BRAngay Project last February 2014.

Again, THANKS SO MUCH, Dr. Juliet Ruste and her very dynamic Tetuan Health District Team!!!

Thanks so much to our lecturers!!
Thanks to the CMZ BRAngay Team for all the preparations and support!!!
We do hope to continue with this endeavor...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


June 21, 2016 

Today, we had a forum to review the Philippine Quality Award Criteria for Healthcare.

I would like to share with you more about the Philippine Quality Award.

The Philippine Quality Award through the DTI-Competitiveness Bureau invited several hospitals throughout the country to contribute to the Review of the PQA Healthcare Criteria, which is scheduled for release by the last quarter of 2016 and for use by the PQA applicants by 2017-2021. 

At this same time, they are also creating the Education Criteria of the PQA to add to the PQA Criteria for the Business Sector and PQA Criteria for the Public Sector

The participants contributed to the framework prepared by the Technical Working Group through response to an emailed survey to several hospitals throughout the country and for outputs during this forum. The TWG used the 2015-2016 Balrige Criteria for healthcare as the framework.

The Technical Working Group is composed of DTI-CB; senior PQA assessors, Ms. Angelica Fraginal and Mr. Vito Aberin; Mr. Francis Montillano of the Philippine Society of Quality in Healthcare, Dr. Ma. Theresa Mercado of the Philippine Society of Quality as well as Mr. Arthur Lanuza of the PhilHealth and Dr. Mark Anthony Leviste of the Department of Health.

Among the hospitals who actively responded to the invitation and attended the Focused Group Discussion are Ciudad Medical Zamboanga (as first awardee for the healthcare industry), Manila Doctors' Hospital, The Medical City, Makati Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center, Asian Hospital and the Lorma Medical Center.
The participants for the PQA Review of the Healthcare Criteria

Ciudad Medical Zamboanga is the FIRST hospital awardee for the Philippine Quality Award and as of this time, the only recipient from the healthcare industry. 
#THROWBACK: Taken last March 21, 2014 during the conferment of PQA Award to Ciudad Medical Zamboanga (Zamboanga Polymedic Hospital Inc) during the 16th Cycle of the Philippine Quality Award

among the PQA recipients for Recognition for Commitment to Quality Management

Mario Jusi (DTI-CB Division Chief), Ms. Angelica Fraginal (Senior PQA Assessor), Dr. Bernadette Hogar (Manila Doctors Hospital and PQA Assessor), Dr. Filipinas Rojo (Ciudad Medical Zamboanga) and PJ Roque (DTI-CB)

The Philippine Quality Award is patterned after the Malcolm Balrige Criteria of the U.S. and which is also adapted in several other countries, as well as conferred by the highest official of the country, in our case, the President of the Philippines.

PQA based on the Malcolm Balrige National Quality Award Criteria

Award Levels and description of  the award levels
PQA Recognition Statistics since PQA started in 1997.

Contact number for the IMPLEMENTING AGENCY of the PQA: THE DTI-CB
Here are some photos during the Forum:
Mr. Virgilio Fulgencio, Executive Director of DTI-Competitiveness Bureau welcomes the participants.
Ms. Angelica Fraginal, Senior PQA Assessor enlightens participants on the Philippine Quality Award.

Dr. Filipinas Rojo of Ciudad Medical Zamboanga with the Makati Medical Center Quality and Hospital Accreditation Team

Mr. PJ Roque of DTI-Competitiveness Bureau explains about the Item Format of the PQA Criteria

Thus, we look forward to the launching of the Philippine Quality Award (PQA) Criteria for Healthcare to encourage more deserving hospitals to vie for the highest national award for Performance Excellence (as mandated by the Philippine Law) as part of your Quality journey. 

And for those who still intend to start of with the Journey to Performance Excellence, the PQA Criteria would be a very ideal way to start.
with new friends from the Philippine Heart Center

This is really an exciting time for the Philippine healthcare industry as many hospitals are now embarking on their own journeys towards Performance Excellence and indeed, during the forum, we did meet like minds. 


* From the Philippine Quality Award website...
It is also Ciudad Medical Zamboanga's pleasure to continue to give back to the Philippine Quality Award (PQA) as this is the foundation of CMZ's Journey to Performance Excellence.

**Thanks to Dr. Reynaldo O. Joson, CMZ's mentor and consultant who introduced us to the Philippine Quality Award in 2009, and who mentored us until 2015. CMZ is forever grateful.