by RONALYN BANAKEN
Calpito with her plaque (Photo courtesy: Paciencia Calpito)
A University of Baguio (UB) faculty member was presented the 2015 Crisanto G. Almario Research Award, a major distinction given by the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (PAMET) North Luzon Chapter.
Dr. Paciencia Calpito, faculty member of the UB School of Natural Sciences (SNS) and also its subject head for research, a post she’s been holding for four years now, won the award “for her extensive knowledge and experience in her area of specialization particularly in managing programs and activities encompassing research, knowledge transfer and community involvement for the welfare of the stakeholders of UB.”
She was also chosen “for her valuable research endeavors which had contributed to the upliftment of the profession and achieving quality life for the undeserved.”
Calpito, who also serves as the program chair for the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science program of the University, worked on various research projects focusing on community and public health, framing her works along the field of medical technology. Her most recent work, “Building Communities As We Educate Our Future Medical Technologists,” focuses on triangulating evidences leading to the common parasitic diseases and asymptomatic urinary tract infection among children.
She has also written a handbook in community and public health, the first of its kind in the country. An offshoot of her dissertation, it prompted her to go around the country, travelling Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
“I share this achievement with UB, of course. It is with UB’s immense support that I was able to engage in the researches,” she said.
The awarding ceremony was held during PAMET North Luzon’s Regional Conference in Balanga City, Bataan last July 23 – 25. Nominees from other chapters of PAMET North Luzon also vied for the award, including Bataan, Bulacan, Cagayan, Ilocos, Isabela, La Union, Nueva Ecija, Olongapo, Pampanga, Pangasinan and Tarlac.
With Calpito’s win, UB continues to sustain a string of feats in PAMET-organized activities and competitions. In 2013, Teresa Villanueva – also of the UB SNS – was named Most Outstanding Medical Technologist by PAMET Baguio-CAR. Also, in 2012, Dr. Janice Kaylyn Lonogan, dean of UB SNS, was hailed Most Outstanding Medical Technologist in North Luzon. Lonogan also received the Most Outstanding Medical Technologist award from PAMET Baguio-CAR in 2008.
PAMET, the national organization of all registered medical technologists in the Philippines, was organized by Crisanto G. Almario in 1963. Almario – recognized as the “Father of PAMET” – sought to standardize the practice of the medical technology profession and improve and upgrade the practice.
PAMET is a member of the International Association of Medical Laboratory Technologists and the ASEAN Association of Medical Laboratory Technologists.
Calpito (2nd from right) receives her award from (from left) Maileen Ragasa, PAMET Bataan Chapter President; Perlita Bautista,
PAMET North Luzon Regional Director; and Ronaldo Puno, PAMET National Vice-President. (Photo courtesy: Paciencia Calpito)