The Palawan State University along with the Provincial Government of Palawan and the Department of Health Region IV-B took part in a collaborative workshop regarding the proposed medical school for Palawan. The three-day event was held at the Asturias Hotel on June 2-3, 2016.

Participants during an exercise activity.

Palawan Governor Jose C. Alvarez (seated, center)
attended the openining program of the activity.

Medical practitoners, faculty, and representatives from different institutions attended the workshop, which carried the theme “Navigating a People-Centered, Culture-Sensitive and Integrative Healthcare Delivery System in MIMAROPA”. A message was given by Palawan Governor Jose C. Alvarez, who also attended the event. In his message, Governor Alvarez exclaimed that the workshop should provide all those involved with better insights and perspectives on how to successfully establish the medical school, which would be the first of its kind in Palawan and would prove to be a monumental milestone in the province’s history.

Dr. Helen Sigua, Dean of the PSU School of Medicine, likewise shared her enthusiasm for the upcoming Medical School.

Discussed during the workshop were studies on integrative healthcare models and integrative development in medical practice, research perspectives, anthropological perspectives on health, culture sensitivity and indigenous people, and traditional, complementary and alternative medicine.


Dr. Helen Sigua speaks at the forum.

Team-based activities and an open forum were likewise held to allow participants to work together and voice out their insights regarding the issues and focal points discussed during the workshop.