Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Davao City doctor elected PMA Southeastern Mindanao governor

THE Philippine Medical Association (PMA) successfully held its induction of the Board of Governors for the year 2020-2021 amid the restriction of movements brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Luz P. Acosta-Barrientos, president of the Davao Medical Society (DMS) for year in 2019-2020, was unanimously elected by all the presidents of the PMA component societies in the Southeastern Mindanao as their new governor.

She was inducted through a virtual ceremony by the PMA's new president, Dr. Benito Atienza, of Lipa, Batangas.

Barrientos took her oath "that I faithfully discharge to the best of my abilities the duties and responsibilities of my position" donning a sequined pink gown.

Barrientos's virtual induction ceremony was held at her home at the back of her own-established clinic in Arellano Street, and witnessed by only a few of the new set of officers of DMS led by Dr. Marselle Lozano, her successor as president, and her family to ensure that health safety protocols mandated by the IATF-EID are properly observed.

Barrientos is the ophthalmologist and cosmetic surgeon behind the LPA Ambulatory Surgery and Diagnostic Center, established to help the indigent patients who need surgery for their cataracts and other eye problems.

She rose from the ranks at the DMS. Before she was elected as its president in 2019, she started as councilor, then Public Relations Officer (PRO), then secretary, until she was elected as its vice president.

Barrientos has implemented several programs and projects during her DMS presidency.

DMS was able to sustain its Bulilit Health Workers program for a year through her leadership.

She has also initiated a number of donation drives, including face masks and face shield donations to several Davao City hospitals and medical frontliners to augment the local government's efforts in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

Barrientos is the daughter of Dr. Faustino B. Acosta Sr. who was dubbed as the people's doctor in the 1960s-70s because he treats indigent patients even if they do not have money to pay for his service at his clinic in Toril, Davao City.

She is also affiliated with Womyn Network as a member of the management committee; Dr. Evelyn Tantamco Gusi Awarding Body for Most Outstanding Physician in the Philippines as member of the board of directors; Christian Society for the Prevention and the Rehabilitation of the Blind as member of the Board of Trustees; vice-president of the Philippine Society of Medical Specialists; Asia-Pacific Society of Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive and Orbit Surgery (Apsoprs) as one of its founding members; and Davao School for the Blind as member of the Board of Trustees.

She also works with Davao City councilors Myrna Ortiz and Joselle D. Villafuerte, Davao Tourism Association (Data) President Gatchi Gatchalian, and City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) head Generose Tecson in forming the Davao City Medical Tourism.


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