With a heart and drive to pursue the unfeasible dream comes the birth of the 3rd Intermediate Training Course in Transplant Procurement Management (TPM) in Davao City. It has been a 2-month marvelous journey of preparations and communication to make everything visible. And now, we could say that nothing is impossible if one believed that it is possible.
November 25, 2018, Sunday, faculty from the Transplant Procurement Management and Donation and Transplantation Institute (TPM-DTI) arrived in time for the course. The next day, a series of pre-convention conferences where made to increase awareness and broaden everyone’s network. In the morning, the 2nd Muslim Conference on Deceased Organ Donation was graced by Dr Katy Najafideh, CEO of the Iranian Society of Organ Donation. Together with other experts in the medical field and in Islam religion, they presented the different fatwa’s of the world and how will it help the Philippines come up with their own. Different perspective and comments were raised to clear doubts and misconceptions. While in the afternoon, the 2nd Mindanao Ethical Perspective on Deceased Organ Donation was held. Ethics members of the different hospitals around Mindanao was invited to join the event with the newly reconstituted National Ethics Committee headed by Dr Guia Crisostomo-Tan. Issues where lifted about formulation of national policies, the difficulties that every institution has undergone along the years and solutions to some ethical dilemma.
Following the series of events, on November 27,2018, before officially starting the 3rd TPM, an alumni homecoming was prepared for the batch 1 and 2 of the TPM graduates. It was organized to have an update with the graduates’ progress with deceased organ donation, to distribute their diploma and to strengthen linkages among the participants. Finally, around 2pm of the same day, the 3rd TPM has begun. Different persons from different regions and different societies favored to participate with the training course. During the opening ceremony, they were introduced to what has the Philippines accomplished thru the years with regards to the deceased organ donation, its ethical implications and what can the course produce thru their graduates.
On the second day of the course, participants where augmented with information and lectures to boost their knowledge and feel more confident in handling deceased donors. After going thru a series of serious discussions, the participants were treated to a fellowship dinner with a feast of Davao’s finest foods. It was also the time to celebrate for a Christmas party with games and songs which every guest enjoyed. On the final stretched of the course, different workshops where organized to evaluate the participants learnings and enable them to be experienced actual simulations.
The culmination of the course was made more meaningful with the presence of the key persons that made the dream possible. Director Criselda Abesamis (Director IV of the Department of Health), Dr Maria Theresa Bad-ang (Head, SPMC Human Advocate and Retrieval Effort/ SHARE) and Dr. Leopoldo Vega (Medical Center Chief, Southern Philippines Medical Center) with the TPM-DTI faculty awards the certificates to the graduates to signify that they have astoundingly pass the course after series of evaluations. Today, these graduates will become a part of the bigger family that TPM-DTI has and will become instrumental to the achievement of the increase in the level of deceased donors in the country. #TPMDavaoTrio #GiveLifeGoSHARE.
Moreover, seizing the occasion, Gloria Páez in representation of DTI Foundation attended to support and contribute to the legislative process on the proposed measures for the advancement of organ and tissue donation and transplantation during the Public Hearing of the of The Committee on Health and Demography of the Senate of the Philippines held on November 28th, 2018 at Senate Building, Pasay City, Philippines.