AROUND 1,000 individuals will convene on Saturday, May 11, for the Davao Doctors Hospital’s annual General Stockholders Assembly at the Davao Convention Center in time for the golden anniversary of the healthcare firm this year.
One of the key highlights of assembly will be the presentation of its wholly owned subsidiary Davao Doctors College (DDC), Inc. to be led by its president, Prof. Miguel Soledad.
In an interview with SunStar Davao, Soledad shared that his presentation will be anchored on three key points: the academic achievements, community extension programs and services and financial results.
From its humble beginnings offering only one program, a Basic Course in Nursing in 1975, the school has grown to a quality healthcare educational institution with two graduate programs; 13 undergraduate programs, mainly in healthcare sciences as well as management and entrepreneurship; four academic strands and a tech-voc track of a Senior High School Program.
“Since its founding, the school has produced 13, 870 professionals, mainly in health and wellness occupations. We are also proud to share that we produced national board topnotchers consistently for the past 23 years with our RadTech program recognized twice as the top performing program in the country,” he said.
In the current school year, DDC alumni garnered the second and tenth place in Radiologic Technology; the fourth, sixth and tenth place in Optometry, and the ninth place in Occupational Therapy.
For its community extension programs, DDC has reached out to 6,553 elementary school pupils for its feeding program; 1,467 senior citizens and 307 persons with disabilities for its community service programs; and 53,889 high school students for its Clinic Refurbishing Programs.
“We take special pride in our clinic refurbishing program for public national high schools for which we were recently cited by no less than Secretary Leonor Briones, the Secretary of the Department of Education, as an institutional partner of her Department,” Soledad added.
These initiatives, he said, was in partnership with the Balik Alay Foundation, the Jollibee Foundation, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the City Government of Davao and the federation of cooperatives who shared DDC’s commitment to public service.
Soledad also emphasized the school’s improving performance as reflected in its enrollment data. DDC’s average enrollment in 2018 grew to 4,700 students, a growth of 199% over the average enrollment of 1,570 students in 2011.
“We expect to continue growing this way amid the changing education landscape in our city because of the entry of new players. Our school will continue to focus on sustaining our upward momentum armed with optimism about our future,” he said.
Davao Doctors College, Inc. is indeed set and ready to conquer new heights “determined to succeed, driven to excel and confident in its ability.” (PR)