2004 Rizal Awards Honors Four Top Pinoy Doctors
Four outstanding Filipino doctors in community leadership, clinical practice, academe and research and government service were honored by the Dr. Jose P. Rizal Memorial Awards of the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) and United Laboratories, Inc. (Unilab), in awarding ceremony held recently at the Manila Hotel.
Dr. Benito Atienza, a pediatrician, won in the community leadership category for founding and spearheading the Bulilit (Child) Health Workers Foundation, Inc., the first ever childto-child program to be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Dr. Atienzas program trains many public elementary school children in some 15 schools of San Jose, Batangas, including nearby provinces in Laguna, Cavite, Bulacan and Pampanga, to be child health workers for fellow children.
For the clinical practice category, Cebuano doctor Camilo C. Roa Jr. bagged the award. He is a cum laude graduate from the Cebu Institute of Medicine. Twenty years after completing his residency in internal medicine at the Department of Medicine of the UP-Philippine General Hospital (PGH), Dr. Roas career came into full circle when he was bestowed the Gawad Lingkod Bayan (Excellence in Public Service) in 2001 by the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines.
Hematology and blood transfusion specialist Dr. Alendry P. Caviles Jr. won in the academe and research category. Dr. Caviles, who completed his residency in pediatrics at the Brooklyn Jewish Hospital in New York, has produced volumes of publications and outstanding research outputs. He is now the head of the training and research of the Fe Del Mundo Medical Center Foundation.
Dr. Caviles conducts lectures and symposia on various medical topics, which he said, is the key in providing education to both the medical and non-medical sectors of society. …